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Peridontal Disease and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest rates of death among all mental health disorders. Additionally, they can create serious problems for dental health, as they often include purging behaviors such as induced vomiting. One main effect is periodontal disease. This can come from induced vomiting as well as nutritional deficiencies. Individuals are also at risk in developing TMJ. While in recovery for an eating disorder, one should also seek some help with regaining or repairing oral health. If you are not in recovery and are engaging in induced vomiting, it is recommended to wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth, as acid can soften your tooth enamel and then cause more damage with brushing. Use a sugar-free mouth wash instead, and wait to brush until later.

Key Takeaways:

  • Eating disorders can cause a lot of problems in your mouth and teeth such as periodontal disease.
  • Nutrients are lost when you have a eating disorder. When you induce vomiting it causes you to lose important vitamins and minerals.
  • Some of the symptoms of eating disorders are bad breath, cavities, and enamel erosion. Eating disorders can also lead to gum disease.

“If you are still engaging in self-induced purging it is important to refrain from brushing your teeth for at least an hour after a purging episode to prevent stomach acid from going deeper into the tooth enamel.”

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