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Eating Disorders and the affects the Mouth

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

Having an eating disorder can lead to very serious consequences not only to your overall health but to your oral health as well. There are many types of eating disorders some of these include: Anorexia (starving yourself for extreme weight loss), Bulimia (self induced vomiting, use of laxatives and diuretics) and Bing eating (uncontrollable eating). These eating disorders deprive the body of minerals, protein and other nutrients necessary to maintain your physical and oral health. Lack of proper nutrition can bring great harm to your mouth. Stomach acid from frequent vomiting can cause loss of tooth enamel, tooth discoloration and weak brittle teeth that can be easily broken. Eating hot and cold foods and drinks may be uncomfortable due to increased sensitivity. The first physical signs of an eating disorder are often detected by your dentist through changes in the mouth. These changes include bad breath, sensitive teeth, mouth sores, dry mouth, and tooth erosion. When a dentist has determined the patient has an eating disorder he or she will refer the patient to the appropriate medical personnel, as well as teach them how they can minimize the effects the eating disorder has on their mouth. In order to recover from an eating disorder it is very important you get the professional help, counseling and support necessary to help you.

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