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eating Disorder & dental problems

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Posted by: Lara2011  (3 years ago)
Dear Doctor,

is it true that eating disorders, i.e Bulimia can ruin your teeth?

Thank you for your answer.

Best regards,
Lara
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Posted by: magnify  (3 years ago)
If Im not mistaken, I think think regurgitated acids can seriously erode the teeth. Also, the mouth needs to maintain a certain PH-value, which is often seen "out of bounds" in bulimia patients. Either way, the teeth should be secondary concern.. tackling the bulimia is the main issue!
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Posted by: danny45694  (3 years ago)
If Im not mistaken, I think think regurgitated acids can seriously erode the teeth. Also, the mouth needs to maintain a certain PH-value, which is often seen "out of bounds" in bulimia patients. Either way, the teeth should be secondary concern.. tackling the bulimia is the main issue!

You are right. If a person who constantly forces themselves to throw up, they will damage their teeth. The stomach acids have an extremely acidic ph level and that's the reason it is used to digest food. Teeth can become damaged from stomach acid because they were not made to hold or even deal with the acid. The stomach was.

I hope this helps.
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Hi everyone!

You are right, the stomach acids can be very harmful to your dental enamel; first you will notice the cutting edges of your teeth becoming more and more transparent, until finally the edges will chip/break off.

However, it is not only your teeth which are in danger, it can be problematic for your health in many other ways! Sadly, we live in a time where material excess can be the cause of severe emotional and spiritual distress.

If you are suffering from an eating disorder, I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best!
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