Eating Disorders and Teeth and Gums

Yes, they do. Eating disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia weaken the enamel on your teeth and cause tooth loss.

Women are especially prone to anorexia and bulimia, but so are men and children

Why Eating Disorders Affect Teeth and Gums

Your eating habits play a massive roll in your oral health. Changes in your mouth are usually the first signs that you are suffering from an eating disorder. Harmful habits, such as binging and purging, or going without nutritious food will have long reaching consequences when it comes to your teeth and gums.

Eating Disorders and the Affect on Teeth and Gums

Without nutritious food, your gums and soft mouth tissue will have a tendency to bleed. As a result, the salivary glands will swell with chronic dry mouth usually present. Nutrients that promote healthy teeth and gums are depleted, especially in anorexics. Without calcium, B vitamins, vitamin D and other important vitamins and minerals, the enamel will weaken. Bad breath, canker sores, bleeding gums, red and dry lips are all signs of eating disorders.

Bulimics will vomit immediately after consuming food. This causes acid to flow over the teeth continuously. Binging and purging can make teeth weak, translucent, and brittle. Constant vomiting can also change the length, shape, and color of your teeth.

More Issues with Eating Disorders and Teeth and Gums

Degenerative arthritis in the TMJ has been linked to eating disorders. Your TMJ is located where your skull hinges to your jaw. You have two temporomandibular joints. TMJ disorders occur from constantly opening and closing the mouth when binging and purging.

Enlarged salivary glands are painful and occur after frequent binging and purging. Because enlarged glands can often be seen by others it leads to emotional stress.

If you or someone you know is suffering from an eating disorder, call or click and schedule an appointment with my Downtown Dental Practice. Keeping your mouth healthy is vital. Call for an appointment today.

You Might Also Enjoy...

Who Can Benefit From a Mouth Guard

You get one set of adult teeth, and if you lose a tooth, it’s gone for good. Although you can replace it with a prosthetic, it’s better if you protect your teeth with a mouth guard and avoid the pain and hassle. So, who needs a mouth guard?

Dental Veneers: The Ultimate Cover-Up

If the only thing standing between you and total confidence is a few imperfections in your smile, you’re in luck. Dental veneers cover up multiple flaws quickly and painlessly. Find out which type of veneer is best for you.

Adjusting to Life With Dentures

Getting dentures? You’ve made a great choice! These removable appliances look great and should last for many years, but they do take a little getting used to. Here are a few tips to help you transition.

Do Dental Sealants Really Work?

What do car wax, spray paint, and nail polish have in common? They protect what’s underneath. Wouldn’t it be great if you could put something on your teeth to protect them from cavities? Enter dental sealants — here’s what you need to know.

Who's at Risk for Gum Disease?

You see a bit of pink in the sink when you spit after brushing your teeth. Were you a little too rough, or could there be a problem? Find out if you’re at risk for gum disease and what you can do about it.

Why Invisalign Is the Best Choice for Your Teen

If you have a teen who needs braces, you’ve probably heard all about Invisalign®. Most teenagers beg for these clear aligners over traditional braces, but are they really the best treatment for your kid?