Eating disorders affect billions of people all over the world, but do eating disorders cause problems for 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.