Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are eating disorders that have many adverse, physiological consequences on the body including serious oral health problems.
Alterations in Oral Health
There may be inflammation, reddening, or ulceration of the gums
Decay (leading to cavities in the teeth)
Corrosion (from stomach acid or from acidic comestibles)
Gums and Bones
There is increased risk of gum disease and hence, bone susceptibility
Lowered saliva production causing “dry mouth”
Heightened shininess of the teeth and chips may start forming on the edges of the teeth.
Teeth may take on a yellowish or chalky appearance.
Increased sensitivity to cold and sweet edibles
Increasing occasions of pain due to decay
Mucosa discomfort, burning, or bleeding
Caring for Your Mouth
Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush.
Floss once a day.
Rinse after sweets or alcohol.
Talk to your dentist. They can help you to improve your techniques.
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