What Do You Need To Know About Dental Problems & Eating Disorders?
17 Jun 2021

Did you know that eating disorders can lead to various health problems along with dental issues? Anorexia, binge eating, and bulimia are some of the common eating disorders which can have varying problems related to the oral cavity aka the mouth. Through this blog, we will highlight how certain eating disorders can affect your health and made it difficult to manage your oral health.

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Anorexia and Oral Health

It is also called Anorexia Nervosa and it is an eating disorder in which people obsess over weight (they have a fear of gaining weight) loss and thus limit and control their food and liquid intake.

It is seen that people suffering from anorexia define and determine their self-worth to the total calories they consume every day.

The severity of this disorder can also lead to patients punishing themselves for consuming a lot of food or eating food that is not deemed right for them.

People with this disorder often try to get rid of the excess calories or restrict the calorie intake by indulging in activities such as taking laxatives, vomiting, and exercise, etc.

Bulimia & Oral Health

Bulimia is a serious eating disorder that has a cycle of binge eating and purging.

The person suffering from bulimia will indulge in excess food eating behavior and then take different measures to get rid of the food/calories such as excessive exercise, use of laxatives, and purging (vomiting).

People who suffer from bulimia will have symptoms such as tiredness, abdominal pain, irregular periods, constipation, and bloating.

Binge Eating Disorder and Oral Health

In this disorder, the patient consumes large quantities of food which can either be planned or spontaneous indulgence. However, the person suffering from binge eating disorder often suffers from shame, embarrassment, disgust, and distress. Binge eaters do not purge after eating.

Eating Disorders and Oral Health

All the above mentioned eating disorders can have physical as well as the mental effects on the person suffering from them. These are serious health concerns and should not be neglected.

Some of the very common side effects of these disorders include nutrient and vitamin deficiency in the body and which will gravely affect the body as well as the oral cavity of the patient. Some of the oral signs of eating disorders are as under:

  • Dry mouth
  • Erosion of teeth enamel
  • Enlargement of salivary glands
  • Dry/chapped lips
  • Sore mouth
  • Tooth decay
  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Gum problems

Dental Treatment & Diagnosis of Eating Disorders

Your dentist and dental consultants are proficient at detecting the early signs of these disorders. If you are regular at your dental check-ups then your dentist will look for signs such as tooth erosion, any injuries to the mouth that could be due to the patient trying to purge or vomit.

Your mouth will also show signs such as tooth decay and depleting enamel due to stomach acid and purging. Your dentist will check for these red flags and in case the patient requires special attention they will prescribe them high fluoride toothpaste to prevent further damage to the teeth. You must be open and clear with your dental expert so that they can help you the best way possible.


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