Eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder all have harmful consequences on the mouth, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe, and dental practitioners are frequently among the first to spot potential warning signs.
Eating disorders have been linked to poor oral health across several reports. The urban parts of India have seen the most impact when it comes to irregular eating habits and unbalanced diets.
Alux Dental will look at the primary symptoms of each ailment, how they might influence your oral health, and how our dental experts can help you in this blog article.
Anorexia nervosa patients limit their meal consumption because they are terrified of putting on weight. Many anorexics base their self-worth on their calorie intake and discipline themselves for eating too much or the “wrong sorts” of meals.
In addition to calorie restriction, some patients with anorexia will try to lose extra calories and weight by exercising, vomiting, taking laxatives, or using enemas.
Bulimia nervosa is a peculiar kind of binge eating disorder based on a weird binge-purge cycle followed by the patient. The concerned victim binges extreme amounts of food in one go and then purges it out through heavy physical activity, laxatives, or forcefully vomiting it out!
Specific binge-purge patterns differ across patients, but because many persons with bulimia are of normal weight, symptoms can often go unreported. Bulimia patients may also feel fatigued, bloating and/or constipation, stomach discomfort, and irregular menstrual periods.
Binge eating disorder
Wrongly termed as Food Addicts before, binge eaters are better understood now than before. Binge eaters frequently consume huge amounts of food and/or drink despite being in control of their actions.
These binges might be premeditated in advance with the victim purchasing “special” items to binge on, or they can be impulsive. Binge eaters are not “overeating” on meals or simply eating excessive amounts; they are unpleasant experiences that frequently bring anguish and shame to sufferers.
Each of the following eating disorders is harmful to the health of individuals who go through these and must be treated as significant medical conditions.
Potentially harmful effects of vitamin and nutrient shortages might lead the body to shut down and fail to operate correctly, which will manifest in the mouth. Oral manifestations of eating disorders include:
- Enamel deterioration
- Dry Mouth
- Salivary gland enlargement
- Lips that are cracked or dry
- Sores in the mouth
- Dental Decay
- Sensitive Teeth
- Bruising and/or oral injuries
Dental professionals have the unique ability to recognize early symptoms of eating disorders.
Our dental experts will be able to serve you more effectively if you are open and honest with them. Our experts can be trusted to assist you and will not pass judgment on any symptoms you are experiencing.
Have you ever had an eating issue that caused problems with your dental health? We’d like to hear about your experiences if this is the situation. Please contact Alux Dental for additional information and to assist us in providing better dental healthcare to you.