Eating disorders and diet pills effects on teeth

Eating disorders are complex conditions where a person's perception of his or her weight and body image are unrealistic. Although there are many different types of eating disorders, Bulimia Nervosa (binging and purging) is one of the common disorders that can have detrimental effects on the teeth.

Teeth can be easily damaged through the repeated contact with the stomach's contents whenever one purges/induces vomiting. The stomach's contents are highly acidic and can erode the enamel surfaces and thus weakening the structure of the teeth.

Most of the damage usually occurs on the back of the front teeth and the teeth may change colour to a grey or brownish hue due to thinning. Even frequent brushing and rinsing of the mouth cannot neutralise the acid of the stomach's contents if exposure is frequent.

The dentist can help to reduce further damage to the teeth by prescribing a flouride treatment, tooth creme or an atacid mouthrinse.

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Some types of diet pills can also cause problems to one's oral health. Some pills decrease the production of saliva and can thus increase the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. To minimise the risk to the teeth, one should drink water more frequently, increase brushing and flossing and even possibly use a flouride mouthrinse.

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