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Even though it might not seem like it when you’re desperate for weight loss or attention, eating disorders can destroy your overall health as well as your smile. It’s true. In fact, eating disorders can eat away your teeth and severely harm your gums. This is why it’s important to quit the disorder right away. Until you do so, please do your best to take care of your smile. To help you, Dr. Bryce E. Justesen and our dental team have some smile-caring tips for you.

First, keep up on oral hygiene. You can do so by brushing your teeth twice a day (every morning and every night) and by flossing your smile at least once a day, preferably at night when you’re done eating for the day. We also encourage you to rinse your mouth daily with antibacterial mouthwash. The rinse will nourish and strengthen your teeth as well as complete the smile-cleaning job.

Second, rinse your mouth. Do not brush your teeth after throwing up. Brushing will only erode the tooth enamel more. Instead, swish baking soda mixed with water in your mouth to neutralize the effects of the acid in your bile.

Third, visit Dr. Bryce E. Justesen. Make sure you do so every six months for your professional dental cleanings and exams. These visits will help you keep your smile in tip-top shape and will also help you prevent tooth decay, gum disease, enamel erosion, and other dental issues.

Like mentioned before, please do all you can to eliminate the disorder from your life. We care about you and we want you to have the best health possible. To learn more about how to care for your smile when you have an eating disorder in Mesa, Arizona, please call Bryce E. Justesen, DDS at 480.827.1234 at your earliest convenience. We are happy to help you.