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Can Eating Disorders Affect Oral Health?

Posted on 10/15/2023 by SRD Muscle Shoals
Dentist talking with reclining patient about eating disordersAnyone can suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia, binge, and bulimia. However, these disorders can affect a person's quality of life and health.

Eating disorders can also have an impact on the teeth and gums. For instance, limiting your intake of foods for fear of gaining weight may mean nutritional deficiency. If the mouth lacks vital nutrients, the gums will likely bleed easily. It can also increase the chances of canker sores and bad breath. Continue reading and learn more about the impact of eating disorders on oral health.

A Dry Mouth

People with eating disorders such as anorexia have a fear of increasing weight. This makes them limit what they eat or drink. They also try to get rid of excess calories through vomiting or engaging in vigorous exercises. Excessive sweating and vomiting cause dehydration, which is a leading factor of a dry mouth. If you have a dry mouth, you will likely experience chewing and swallowing difficulty, as well as tooth decay and cavities.

Enamel Erosion

Overeating can lead to vomiting. This act can make the stomach acid flow over the teeth, which can damage the teeth' enamel. Enamel damage becomes worse, especially when you brush immediately after vomiting. Acids weaken the tooth enamel. Hence, scrubbing the tooth will wear down the enamel, increasing the risk of cavities.

Gum Disease

Vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus are vital in ensuring healthy gums. Lack of these nutrients may mean poor oral health. The gums may become swollen or red, which are the signs of gum disease. This condition can affect your goal of having a beautiful smile because it can lead to jawbone or tooth loss if not treated earlier. It can also affect dental work, such as dental implants and dentures. Are you suffering from eating disorders? Contact us, and our team will suggest practices to prevent oral health issues.

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