How an Eating Disorder Affects Oral Health

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If you have an eating disorder, you are not alone. Over 10 million people in the United States suffer from some type of eating disorder. The good news is, they can be overcome. Dentists at Memorial Park is here to support you in your endeavor.

Did you know that your eating disorder can impact your oral health? Let’s talk about how: If your disorder involves overeating, especially lots of sugary, starchy and acidic foods, you may develop gingivitis or even gum disease. You might also find that your salivary glands begin to swell, resulting in a condition called dry mouth, which can in turn lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems. If you have bulimia and find yourself frequently vomiting, the resulting stomach acid on your teeth can break down your tooth enamel. This may lead to cavities, a change in your teeth’s color, shape and length and even increased tooth sensitivity.

Here’s the best thing your can do: seek treatment for your eating disorder. We know that this can take quite a bit of courage and fortitude. If you have already done so and are working through your recovery, we commend you. Here are some things you can do to decrease any oral health issues along the way:
-If your oral hygiene has begun to slack, start by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.
-If you slip, after you vomit, you’ll want to wait to brush your teeth until at least 30 minutes have passed. Meanwhile, you’ll want to rinse with a tsp of baking soda in water in order to neutralize the leftover acid on your teeth.
-Come and visit Dr. Catalina Cruz Johnson at least twice a year. Don’t be afraid to tell us at Dentists at Memorial Park about your eating disorder so you can get the personalized help you need.

Remember that you are not alone. Call Dentists at Memorial Park in Houston, Texas at 713-861-8323 for further treatment options.