From receding gums to worn down, decayed and hypersensitive teeth… Eating disorders, especially when they involve vomiting, cause irreversible damage to your teeth. Before managing to cure yourself of this compulsive behavior, knowing the damage it does to your teeth may help you to take the first steps towards recovery.
Eating disorders are bad news for teeth
Eating disorders affect around 15% of young girls to varying degrees, around five to ten times more than men. These illnesses involve a constant preoccupation with food, a distorted body image and excessive measures taken to control weight… excessive to the point of harming your body’s health as well as your mental health and interpersonal relations.
The most common eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (restriction of food intake) and bulimia (episodes of compulsive eating). These two illnesses can alternate or follow one another. They are often accompanied by purges or compensatory behaviour intended to limit weight gain (making yourself sick, use of laxatives, fasting and physical hyperactivity). In its most severe form, anorexia nervosa leads to a BMI of less than 17.5 and hormonal disruption2. It affects between 0.9% and 1.5% of women and 0.2 to 0.3% of men3.
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