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How Eating Disorders Can Affect Your Teeth

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Weo Admin
Concerned white patient discussing her tooth pain with her dentist while sitting in a dental chairThe effects of eating disorders can be quite harmful to both physical and mental health. They also affect dental health.

Dental issues might result from the habits and behaviors linked to eating disorders. The best course of action if you or someone you know is dealing with an eating disorder is to get professional assistance.

Dentists can help identify and treat oral health problems brought on by eating disorders. The following are some ways that eating disorders can affect your teeth.

Deteriorating Gums

Nutritional deficits and malnutrition can result from eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. Due to the immune system's weakened state brought on by this deficiency, gum infections are more likely to occur.

In people with eating disorders, gingivitis is frequent. Without the right nourishment, the gums become less able to repair and fight off bacteria, which increases the risk of gum disease and tooth loss.

Decay Due To Acid

Bulimia involves a pattern of binge eating followed by purging, which often includes vomiting. The stomach acid from frequent vomiting can erode the tooth enamel, especially on the back of the teeth.

This erosion weakens the protective layer of the teeth, making them more prone to decay. The back teeth, or molars, are particularly vulnerable, as they are the first to come into contact with stomach acid during vomiting.

Damage To The Salivary Glands

Saliva is critical to dental health because it neutralizes acids, cleans the mouth, and gives teeth vital nutrients. Dehydration and changes in saliva content can result from eating disorders.

Cavities and other dental issues are more likely to occur with dry mouth. Additionally, the lack of saliva makes it uncomfortable to chew and causes poor breath. Come to our dentist to learn how eating disorders can affect your teeth.


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