HOW EATING DISORDERS CAN HARM YOUR TEETH

Bulimia TeethDietary habits usually play a role in your oral health. According to the National Eating Disorders Association, millions of people are currently affected by serious eating disorders. Although anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, teenagers and young adult women are the most affected. The most common eating disorders are anorexia and bulimia. These disorders have varying effects on your oral health and may cause tooth decay, soft palate damage, dry mouth and much more.

Bulimia as an eating disorder is characterized by an individual’s repeated self-induced vomiting after eating excessive amounts of food. The continuous vomiting causes the stomach acid along with other substances to flow repeatedly to the mouth over the teeth resulting into:

  • Tooth decay
  • Tooth loss
  • Cavities
  • Teeth discoloration
  • Tooth enamel erosion

On the other hand, anorexia involves an individual’s self-restriction from food for the fear of getting “fat.”  As a result, you end up depriving your body of many nutrients it requires. This can lead to bone diseases that may weaken jaw bones which support your teeth. This may cause you to lose your tooth which will be a problem not only to your oral health but for smile appearance too.

Is this your situation? Here are recommendations that will be helpful to your case.

Maintain a meticulous oral care

Always rinse your mouth with baking soda after vomiting to neutralize the impact of the stomach acid.

Go for professional dental cleanings regularly

Use fluoride treatments to reduce dentine sensitivity, neutralize acids, prevent enamel erosion and protect the surface of the tooth.

Visit your dentist frequently for him to monitor the condition of your mouth