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Did you know that more than 10 million Americans have an eating disorder? If you have an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to ask for help. We know that you can overcome it and are here to support you.

Eating disorders can affect a person’s oral health as well. Improper nutrition can result in bleeding gums. Your salivary glands may swell, resulting in what is called dry mouth. If your disorder involves throwing up frequently, such as the behaviors associated with bulimia, the resulting stomach acid on your teeth can break down your tooth enamel, resulting in cavities, increased tooth sensitivity, and even a change in your teeth’s color, shape and length.

The most important thing you can do first is to seek treatment for your eating disorder. If you have already done so and are working through your recovery, here are some things you can do to reduce any oral health issues along the way:

           -Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day.

           -After you throw up, wait to brush your teeth until 30 minutes have passed. In the meantime, you can rinse with a tsp of baking soda in water to neutralize the effects of leftover acid on your teeth.

           -See your dentist, Dr. D Robert Haas at least once every six months, and talk to him about any unique needs relating to your eating disorder.

Remember, you’re not alone in this. Call Family Dentistry, Inc. in Lebanon, Ohio at 513-932-6991 for further treatment options.