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Do you have an eating disorder? You’re not alone. In fact, over 10 million people in the U.S. have an eating disorder. Harmony Family Dental is here to support you in your quest to overcome.

If you’re wondering how we can help, we’re spreading awareness about how eating disorders can negatively impact oral health. Here are some examples:

-Do you binge eat? Does this often involve sugary, starchy and acidic foods? You are at risk for many oral health conditions, such as tooth decay, gingivitis or even gum disease.

-Your eating disorder may influence your salivary glands so that they begin to swell, resulting in a condition called dry mouth. This may ultimately lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems.

-Do you have bulimia? If you find yourself vomiting, stomach acid will get on your teeth, which breaks down your tooth enamel. Enamel erosion can cause cavities, changes in your teeth’s color, shape and length and increase tooth sensitivity.

The best solution for your health and well being is to seek help. This may involve going to a specialist, a therapist, or a support group. We understand that this can take quite a bit of courage and fortitude, but we also know you can do it.

If you are already working through your recovery, we congratulate you! Here are some simple things you can do to decrease any oral health issues as you recover:

           -Keep up your oral hygiene routine: brush twice a day and floss once a day.

           -If you have a binging episode and throw up, keep calm and don’t beat yourself up. It’s all part of the process. You’ll want to wait to brush your teeth until at least 30 minutes have passed. Meanwhile, rinse your mouth with a tsp of baking soda in water.

           -Visit Dr. Debra Craig at least twice a year. Don’t be afraid to tell us at Harmony Family Dental about your eating disorder. That way you can get the personalized help you need.

Remember that you are not alone. Call Harmony Family Dental in Spokane, Washington at 509-467-1562 for further treatment options.