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How can changes in tooth surfaces and enamel be a sign of another health problem?

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Erosion and translucent tooth enamel are often signs of an eating disorder or acid reflux problem. Excessive vomiting, such as seen with bulimia, can lead to other oral health issues such as:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dry and cracked lips
  • Loss of tooth enamel
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Swollen salivary glands

SOURCES:

Academy of General Dentistry: "Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health;" "Stress and Your Teeth;" "Warning Signs in the Mouth Can Save Lives;" "Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions;" "Dentists Help Confirm Osteoporosis;" and "Talk to Your Dentist About Sex."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "Oral Health and Bone Disease."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Dental Complications of Eating Disorders."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of General Dentistry: "Importance of Oral Health to Overall Health;" "Stress and Your Teeth;" "Warning Signs in the Mouth Can Save Lives;" "Oral Warning Signs Can Indicate Serious Medical Conditions;" "Dentists Help Confirm Osteoporosis;" and "Talk to Your Dentist About Sex."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Halitosis: Overview."

NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center: "Oral Health and Bone Disease."

National Eating Disorders Association: "Dental Complications of Eating Disorders."

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on October 9, 2019

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