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Eating Disorders & Oral Health

Eating Disorders & Oral Health

How Eating Disorders affect your Oral Health

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating are common types of eating disorders. Millions of men and women both suffer from these disorders. All of these deplete the body of nutrition and cause many issues in the mouth. Gums and other soft tissue areas can bleed easily. Chronic dry mouth and swelling of salivary glands can be present. Throwing up damages the tooth structure. Stomach acid is so strong that it can break down enamel to the inner layers of the teeth. This changes the color and shape of teeth, and can cause cavities and sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink. Toothbrushing after throwing up can cause further damage to the teeth. It is important to discuss signs and symptoms of eating disorders with health care professionals.

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