How Can Bulimia Cause Dental Issues?

Did you know that 10-15% of Americans struggle with an eating disorder? Unfortunately, the seriousness of eating disorders can sometimes fall under the radar. It is important to realize the effects it can have on the body.

While all eating disorders can cause physical and mental effects, bulimia can produce dental problems that most people aren’t even aware of. For those that do not know, bulimia is when an individual eats food and then vomits afterwards to avoid digestion. The stomach acid from the vomit can corrode the throat and tooth enamel. Bulimia can cause a number of dental issues including excess cavities, sore throat, gum infections, yellow teeth and the list goes on.

It is important to seek treatment sooner rather than later to catch the problem before it gets worse. Dentists are able to recognize the signs of bulimia by noticing the damage it has done to the individual’s mouth. Early detection by the dentists can help prevent treatment from getting worse. If you or someone you know is suffering from bulimia be proactive and seek medical and dental treatment.