Eating disorders can wreak havoc on the growing bodies of teenagers and cause numerous problems for adults, as well. Dental health is no exception; a person who suffers from an eating disorder like anorexia nervosa or bulimia will soon see changes in his or her mouth and teeth.
Some dental signs and symptoms of eating disorders include teeth that become weak or brittle, or change in their size, shape and color. The teeth may become highly sensitive to both hot and cold temperatures, and the patient may also experience unexplained pain in one or more teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease are at a higher risk, especially as a dryer mouth and frequent vomiting can exacerbate the growth of bacteria in the mouth.
If you or a loved one are suffering from an eating disorder, seek help immediately. There is more at stake here than just your smile, as these disorders can be extremely dangerous.
Visit the website for the National Eating Disorders Association where you’ll find several ways to get in touch, including email, phone and fax. Let us know if you’re in treatment for an eating disorder, and we can help with preventative care while you’re in recovery.