One of the places where an eating disorder can have a serious impact is in oral health. The repeated exposure of teeth and mouth tissues to stomach acid can cause temporary, or in some cases permanent, damage to teeth. It can also lead to cuts, swelling, and redness on the gums and soft palate. Dry mouth, enlarged salivary glands, and degenerative arthritis in the temporomandibular joint of the jaw (and resulting pain, chronic headaches, etc.) can also be caused by an eating disorder.
That’s the bad news. The good news is there are steps you can take to help prevent or minimize these issues as you work to recover from an eating disorder with the help of the caring staff at our Roseville bulimia treatment center.