Tupelo, MS Dentist -- Dr. John Kenney -- "Your Dental Health" -- Eating Disorders

Eating disorders can be detrimental for your oral health.


Speaker 1: Your Dental Health, brought to you by Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

John P. Kenney: Eating disorders arise from a variety of complex physical, emotional and social issues. They can also be devastating to your oral health. More than 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. These eating disorders can also affect a person's oral health. Without proper nutrition, gums and other soft tissue inside the mouth may bleed easily. The glands that produce saliva may swell and individuals may experience chronic dry mouth.

John P. Kenney: Vomiting frequently causes strong stomach acid to flow over your teeth. The tooth's enamel can be lost to the point that the teeth change in color, shape and strength. If you suffer from an eating disorder, it's important to seek counseling and talk to your healthcare provider. For Your Dental Health, I'm Dr. John Kenney.

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