According to the findings of a recent study carried out by a group of experts by the University of Bergen in Norway, there is a strong scientific evidence of the fact that eating disorders like the most common bulimia or anorexia, are closely linked not only to deep emotional and psychological stresses, but also to various dental problems, namely increased tooth sensitivity, chronic tooth aches, severe dental erosion, and many others. As the studies have shown, those people who suffer from the mentioned eating disorders have substantially higher chances to develop dental problems and face the necessity to spend much more money on dental services than those who do not have eating disorders.
It is estimated that up to 1.2. million people in today’s United Kingdom are diagnosed with bulimia, anorexia or other serious eating disorder. In addition, the experts underline that many more modern women and men are not aware about their problems as they do not seek medical help. Vomiting, one of the most common symptoms of eating disorders, is a sign of other numerous health conditions, that is why sometimes it can be not easy to recognize an eating disorder with the proper accuracy.
For the study, two teams of volunteers were formed. The first group included only the individuals who suffer from an eating disorder, and the other control group included the participants free from such a problem. After a series of dental check ups and analysis of health records, the scientists found out that over 36 per cent of the sufferers from eating disorders had serious dental conditions like severe dental erosion. At that, after working with the members of the control group, the experts found out that only 11 per cent of those suffer from dental problems.
Dr Nigel Carter, a specialist of the British Dental Health Foundation and one of the study leaders, commented on the research findings as the following: ‘The high levels of acid in the vomit can cause damage to tooth enamel. Acid attacks of this sort on a frequent basis means the saliva in your mouth won’t have the opportunity to naturally repair the damage done to your teeth by the contact with the acidic vomit, hence the increased severity of dental erosion witnessed in the study.” To prevent the development of dental diseases and dental problems, scientists recommend all people who suffer from eating disorders regular mouth rinsing and visiting their dentists more often.