Friday, October 18, 2013

Eating Disorders Can Harm Oral Health

The dangers of eating disorders are fairly widely known, but one aspect that is not as well-known is its danger to a person’s oral health. Dental health is highly dependent on the nutrition that the body receives. When a person suffers from an eating disorder, they are not providing their body with the required nutrients, which could result in swollen or bleeding gums, dry gums as a result of a lack of saliva being produced and damaged tooth enamel as a result of chronic vomiting.

It does not matter if you suffer from anorexia or bulimia; your teeth are at risk. In addition to talking to your doctor in order to get help to overcome the disorder, you need to stay in close contact with your Beverly Hills dentist and it is vital that you practice proper oral health. On a regular basis you should be:
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  • Practicing proper brushing techniques at least twice per day. This includes brushing all areas of your teeth and replacing your brush every couple of months.
  • Flossing at least once per day in order to rid your teeth of harmful bacteria that the toothbrush cannot eliminate.
  • Rinsing your mouth with baking soda and water after vomiting in order to neutralize the acid from the vomit.

Be sure to maintain your regular dental appointments. In general, you should see Dr. Giri Palani once every six months, but if you are suffering from additional dental problems as a result of your disorder, it is essential to see him more often.