An eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa has many physiological affects on your body including adversely affecting your oral health.
Changes in the Mouth
- The gums may become reddened, inflamed or develop ulcers
- Decay (holes in the teeth)
- Erosion (caused by acid from either your stomach or from acidic foods and drinks)
Gums and Bones
- You may be at greater risk of gum disease
- Decreased amount of saliva causing a feeling of “dry mouth”
- Teeth may start to look very shiny with small chips appearing on the front edges of your teeth.
- Teeth can also turn chalky or yellowish
- Sensitivity to cold or sweet foods/drinks
- Episodes of pain (from decay)
- Burning sensations or discomfort of the mucosa
Look After Your Mouth
- Use a soft toothbrush twice daily. Floss each tooth everyday.
- Maintain good oral hygiene all the time.
- Consult your dentist. They can demonstrate proper technique.
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