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Eating Disorders

These types of disorders can cause serious challenges to a person’s everyday diet (overeating or not eating enough food) and are most common in teenagers and young adults. Anorexia (extreme thinness) and bulimia (frequent occurrences of eating large amounts of food and then regurgitating) are the two most common eating disorders. They can cause serious tooth erosion of the enamel (outside layer of the tooth) and dentin (second layer of the tooth) and dental cavities in the mouth. Frequent vomiting causes stomach acid to cover the teeth and wear the enamel and possibly the dentin away. Additionally, high intake of carbohydrates can lead to tooth decay. Studies report that individuals with these eating disorders also have poor oral hygiene and gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).

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