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Dental Signs of an Eating Disorder

Posted on 7/25/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Dental Signs of an Eating DisorderYour dietary habits have a significant impact on your oral health. In fact, the changes in your mouth are oftentimes the first sign that a person has an eating order. Left untreated, eating disorders will have severe consequences on your oral health.

Recognizable Oral Health Signs of an Eating Disorder

Unfortunately, most eating disorders cause lingering, permanent damage to your mouth. This is why it's so important for us to know you have an issue once it first starts. By letting us know this we can minimize the damage your teeth and gums will sustain.

One of the main problems is that poor nutrition causes your mouth's soft tissues, such as your gums, to bleed easily. Your saliva glands may also become swollen causing you to experience chronic dry mouth. Swollen glands are painful and dry mouth is known to cause many issues such as tooth decay. A dry mouth also typically results in red, dry, cracked lips. Purging can make you feel even worse here as well as making the inside of your mouth painful too.

When you restrict your food, you cause a nutritional deficiency in your body. Good oral health requires you to get plenty of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. A lack of calcium will often lead to tooth decay and gum disease while insufficient iron can result in sores forming in your mouth. Additionally, when you don't have enough Vitamin B, especially B3 (a.k.a. niacin), it'll show up in the form of bad breath and canker sores.

Treating Your Oral Health When You Have an Eating Disorder

It's important for you to meticulously brush and floss your teeth. You also need to have frequent visits to our office. When you're here make sure you're honest with us about your eating disorder. We are here to help you so reach out to us and schedule an appointment today.
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