How to Prevent Dental Problems if You Have an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are harmful and dangerous to your smile and entire health, which is why our Smiles Dental team asks you to seek professional help if you suffer from a disorder. The sooner you receive the help you need, the sooner you’ll be able to improve your physical and oral health. Until then, it’s best to take extremely good care of your smile. You can do so by doing the following things:

-Keep up on oral hygiene: Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, floss your smile once a day, and rinse your mouth daily with antibacterial mouthwash. While you brush, please use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Please feel free to use a flossing product of your choice.

-Use baking soda: After you’ve thrown up, please do NOT brush your teeth. Brushing will only harm the enamel. Instead, rinse your mouth with baking soda to neutralize the effects of the stomach acid.

-Visit your dentist: It’s vital to visit your dentist regularly. If you don’t, the stomach acid will erode your teeth and cause tooth decay. So, make sure you receive a dental cleaning and checkup at least every six months.

If you’re interested in knowing more about eating disorders in Vancouver, Washington, and how they affect your smile, please feel free to call 360.553.3271 today. Your dentist, Dr. Sarah Barber, and our team are more than happy to help you as much as possible.