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Eating disorders may lead to tooth loss.

Posted Aug 26 2008 4:31pm
Eating disorders are in the daily news, but rarely in connection with tooth loss.

Bingeing and purging can erode tooth enamel, discolor teeth, and cause tooth loss. These disorders can also create red, cracked, and dry lips and sores at the corners of your mouth.

One segment of the reality program The Bachelor showed a scene in which a woman ran into a bathroom to purge after eating a meal. We heard the sound of vomiting and the woman crying, "My teeth feel like they’re falling out!"

She was right. Stomach acid from vomit can erode your front teeth. How’s that for reality?

Dentists may be the first to notice discoloration and loss of tooth enamel on the inside of your teeth caused by bingeing and purging.

If you have an eating disorder, please consult your doctor. If someone you know has an eating disorder, please encourage that person to get help.

What I know for sure is that it’s all connected.


Saundra Goodman

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