If you have an eating disorder, you should make a point of visiting your dentist. Even though dentists do not treat eating disorders, they will check for dental problems and refer you to a health professional.
- Eating disorders can cause severe and irreversible damage in the mouth.
- Highly corrosive stomach contents in vomit will cause erosion of tooth enamel which leads to sensitive and brittle teeth and makes them vulnerable to decay.
- Failure to get the required nutrients such as iron and vitamin B will lead to canker sores and bad breath
Although it can be difficult to talk about your eating disorder, it’s a good idea to tell your dentist about your eating problem. Having said that, eating disorders are often characterized by denial and even shame and so suffers may not be immediately open.
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