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How are the oral health effects from eating disorders treated?

The American Dental Association recommends immediate treatment to prevent teeth from breaking down even more. It is also very important for you to get treatment for your overall health. Here are some things you can do for your oral health:
  • Seek routine dental care. Dentists will apply fluoride to your teeth to help stop their deterioration and make them less sensitive.
  • Your dentist may suggest that you use fluoride in the form of gel trays or applied with a toothbrush (after brushing with toothpaste) to help start enamel remineralization.
  • For dry mouth, use artificial saliva.
  • If you vomit, rinse with water immediately after, then rinse with a 0.05 percent fluoride rinse. This helps to neutralize the acids.
  • Do not brush your teeth after they are exposed to stomach acid or any other acidic meal or drink for about 30 minutes. The enamel gets softened by acid, and brushing can further erode it in this softened condition.

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