How Eating Disorders Affect Dental Health
The National Eating Disorders Association notes more than “ten million Americans are affected by eating disorders.” Those disorders include anorexia, binge eating and bulimia. How eating disorders affect dental health is something you should talk with your dentist at Westermeier Martin Dental Care about during dental care visit. We do know eating disorders impact both overall health as well as your dental health.
Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissues in your mouth may bleed. The glands that secrete saliva may swell and leads to dry mouth concerns. Eating disorders impact self-image, relationships with friends and family and can impact performance at school or work.
If you have an eating disorder, it’s important you trust your health care provider or dentist with this information.
Vomiting frequently damages teeth. Tooth enamel could be eroded because of the strong stomach acid. Frequent vomiting also causes teeth to change color, length and shape. The edges of your teeth become thin and break easily. An eating disorder means hot or cold foods and drinks will cause tooth pain.
If you suffer an eating disorder here are ways to reduce oral health problems between dental visits:
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