Eating Disorders and Oral Health

Dentists and dental nurses are in a good position to recognise the early warning signs of eating disorders through signs in your oral health.

What are the signs?

During your professional check-up the dental team will carry out checks on the hard and soft tissues lining the mouth and look for signs of tooth erosion, and any possible defects to the mouth which could have been induced by forcing objects into the mouth to make yourself vomit.

As well as erosion through stomach acid, they will also be able to detect other issues such as tooth decay from extreme sugar consumption and signs of nutrient deficiency.

If they suspect that you might be suffering from an eating disorder of any kind, your dentist will talk to you supportively and calmly through the clinical signs that are evident in your mouth, and if needed, they will recommend prescribing a high fluoride toothpaste or varnish to protect your teeth from decay.

The more open you can be with your dentist, the better they will be able to help you.  Your dental team can always be trusted to help you and will never judge you over any symptoms you are experiencing or their cause.

NOTE:  This post is not a substitute for a professional diagnosis of any individual.  You are urged to consult your doctor if you have an eating disorder.