Eating disorders such as bulimia, binge eating, and anorexia can cause a lot of harm to your teeth and gums. Here are a few of these problems:
- Teeth can become thin, sensitive, brittle, and translucent because stomach acids coat them after constant vomiting.
- Eating disorders increase your risk for tooth decay in several ways. Stomach acids attack the enamel. The mouth has more sugar from a binging which bacteria use to produce acids. And your body does not get a sufficient amount of nutrients like fluoride, calcium, and phosphorus to rebuild tooth enamel.
- Eating disorders often enlarge the salivary glands, which impairs their function and makes them feel tender. This results in a dry mouth that increases your risk for tooth decay, bad breath, and burning mouth syndrome.
- Malnutrition often causes osteoporosis, where the bones in the body become weak and brittle. Your jaw bone can also weaken, and it may struggle to support your teeth.
- Your immune system can weaken as a result of vitamin deficiency. This makes your oral tissues more vulnerable to periodontal disease, a harmful gum infection which can cause tooth and jaw bone loss in its more serious stages.
If you suffer from an eating disorder, we encourage you to seek professional help so you will not have to continue experiencing the problems listed above.