What Is Binge Eating Disorder?
Binge eaters have previously been classified as food addicts although we now have a greater understanding of the condition. Binge eaters will often take in large quantities of food and/or drink without feeling like they are in control of what they are doing, these binges can be planned ahead of time with the sufferer buying ''special'' foods to binge on, or they could be spontaneous.
Characteristics of a binge eating episode include eating faster than normal, eating until feeling uncomfortably full, eating large amounts of food when you do not feel hungry, eating alone through embarassment at the amount being eaten, and feelings of disgust, shame or guilt during/after the binge.
Unlike bulimia sufferers, those with binge eating disorder will not purge after a binge.
How Can Eating Disorders Affect The Health Of Your Mouth?
All of these eating disorders affect your health, have negative effects on sufferers bodies and should be treated as serious health conditions.
Potential negative effects of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can cause the body to shut down and not function properly and that will also be reflected in the mouth. Revealing oral signs of eating disorders include:
- Enamel erosion
- Dry Mouth
- Enlarged salivary glands
- Cracked/dry lips
- Mouth sores
- Tooth decay
- Sensitive teeth
- Bruising and/or injury to the mouth
Those who purge through vomiting can also erode tooth enamel through excessive contact with stomach acid.