Eating disorders not only affect your health and body but also adversely affect the health of your teeth and gums. That’s why people with eating disorders should look after their oral health.
Here’s how your mouth can be affected by this disorder:
Mucosa – the gums may become inflamed, red or develop ulcers.
Teeth – the teeth can be at risk of decay and eventually enamel erosion. Tooth erosion is the thinning of the outer surface of the teeth and is caused by acid from your stomach or from acidic foods you consume.
Gums and bones – people with eating disorders are at an increased risk of periodontal disease from poor nutrition.
Saliva – Salivary Glands will be affected. A decreased amount of saliva can result in dry mouth (xerostomia).
Appearance – the appearance of your teeth can change to shiny, chalky to yellowish or small chips can appear on the edges. These changes can vary.
- Tooth sensitivity due to decay and erosion.
- Burning sensations or pain in the mucosa (mouth tissue)
If you have an eating disorder, it’s important to look after your mouth by keeping it clean and healthy all the time. Also, seek assistance from health professionals. Visit your physician and your dentist to get the help you need for your condition and dental wellbeing.
Learn how your dental team at Smart Smile Dental can help.
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