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Anorexia and Eating Disorders

Dental issues that may occur with eating disorders:

• Tooth erosion: Vomiting causes teeth to erode (wear) due to high acidity of stomach contents.

• Dental caries: Antidepressants used in the treatment of eating disorders may decrease saliva flow and increase the risk of decay.

• Reduced Bone health: Adolescent females with an eating disorder may show low peak bone mass so it would be expected that periodontal disease may be enhanced later in life.

• Soft tissue damage: Inducing vomiting can cause injuries that dentist may see. Glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), ulcers and candida infections can be a sign of lack of vitamins and other nutritional deficiencies that can result from an eating disorder.

• Salivary glands changes: Some people with bulimia nervosa have salivary gland swelling caused from induced vomiting. Taste impairment (hypogeusia) is also associated with bulimia nervosa.

 

 

CONTACT

Frank Dental at Frankston
Address: 21 Davey Street
Frankston, 3199
Phone: (03) 9783 4485

 

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OPEN HOURS

Monday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:30am - 7:30pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:30am - 7:30pm
Friday: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Hours are subject to change without notice.

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