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Eating disorders are very serious and highly prevalent disease in the United States. Approximately ten million Americans are impacted by anorexia or bulimia. Early signs can be caught by your dentist and should be discussed in a private comfortable setting.
According to the American Dental Association, eating disorders can also affect a person’s oral health. Without the proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth. Bulimia also affects teeth. When the stomach acid repeatedly flows over teeth from throwing up, the tooth’s enamel can be lost causing change in color, shape and length. The edges of teeth become thin and break off easily.
The NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures, and access to quality care. For more information go to http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/