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Acid Erosion on Teeth and Other Dental Effects of Eating Disorders

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Millions of Americans suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. These diseases can have harmful effects on virtually every organ and body system, including your teeth and gums. Eating disorders affect your teeth in several ways. If you have bulimia, you engage in binging and purging behaviors that include induced vomiting. The stomach acids that pass through your mouth as you vomit can cause acid erosion on teeth; this leads to discoloration, tooth sensitivity, and cavities. If you are anorexic, your body doesn’t get the essential nutrients it needs. As a result, you may develop osteoporosis, which weakens the bones that support your teeth and results in tooth loss.

Recognizing Anorexia and Bulimia Effects on Teeth

Because bulimia effects on teeth develop early in the course of the illness, dental professionals are often the first people to suspect the presence of an eating disorder. Bulimic teeth typically feature a worn appearance and yellow discoloration. Acid erosion on teeth may also cause enamel to chip or crack more easily. Anorexia may manifest as dental decay, receding gums, or loose teeth. Other oral symptoms of eating disorders include mouth sores, cracked or dry lips, bleeding gums, chronic dry mouth, enlarged salivary glands, and bad breath.

Managing Anorexic and Bulimic Teeth Problems

The most important step in managing dental problems caused by eating disorders is treating the underlying cause. If you suspect that you have anorexia or bulimia, it’s important to seek professional help as soon as possible, so you can recover before permanent health damage occurs. During your recovery process, you can minimize damage caused by unhealthy behaviors such as self-induced vomiting. To lessen the risk of acid erosion on teeth, wait at least an hour after vomiting to brush. Instead of brushing immediately, rinse your mouth with a baking soda and water solution to help neutralize acid. If you are not eating enough food to nourish your body, talk to your physician about supplementation or behavioral therapy. Once your eating disorder is under control, cosmetic dentistry can correct unsightly bulimic teeth damage that may have already occurred.

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