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An Eating Disorder Affects Oral Health

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If you have an eating disorder, you are not the only one. In fact, over 10 million people in the United States suffer from an eating disorder. But here’s the good news: eating disorders can be overcome. Dentistry For Today is here to support you in that quest.

How can we help? Well, did you know that an eating disorder can negatively impact your oral health? It’s true! We’re here to spread awareness about that fact. Here are some examples:

-If your disorder involves overeating, especially lots of sugary, starchy and acidic foods, you may develop gingivitis or even gum disease.

-Your salivary glands may begin to swell, resulting in a condition called dry mouth, ultimately leading to tooth decay and other oral health problems.

-If you have bulimia and find yourself frequently vomiting, you’ll have stomach acid on your teeth, which can break down your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion can cause cavities, changes in your teeth’s color, shape and length and increased tooth sensitivity.

The best solution for your oral, physical and psychological health is to seek treatment. We understand that this can take quite a bit of courage and fortitude, but we also know you can do it. If you are already working through your recovery, we congratulate you! We know that it takes time and remember, we are your cheerleaders! Here are some simple things you can do to decrease any oral health issues as you recover:

           -Remember to keep up your oral hygiene routine: brush twice a day and flossing once a day. This can do miracles for your oral health.

           -If you binge eat and then vomit, please wait to brush your teeth until at least 30 minutes have passed. Meanwhile, keep some baking soda on hand. You can mix a tsp of it with water and swish it around in your mouth to neutralize the acid on your teeth.

           -Make sure to visit Dr. Robin Cropper at least twice a year. Don’t be afraid to tell us at Dentistry For Today about your eating disorder. We understand. That way you can get the personalized help you need.

Remember that you are not alone. Call Dentistry For Today in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky at 502-839-6828 for further treatment options.