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You and Your Health

Health Tip: Eating Disorders May Affect Oral Health

Eating disorders, including anorexia and bulimia, may affect the health of your teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association says potential complications of eating disorders include:

  * Gums that bleed easily.
  * Swollen glands in the mouth.
  * Chronic dryness of the mouth.
  * Destruction of tooth enamel.
  * Discomfort while eating hot or cold foods.
  * Teeth that chip or break easily.