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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Will binge eating impact my teeth?

    I've been a binge eater for years now and vomit after bingeing, I've tried to stop doing it but I just want help myself. I'm scared to see the dentist as I'm worried it has started to impact my teeth amongst other things? Will it have long lasting impact on my teeth?
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  • The Butterfly Foundation was founded in August 2002 by Claire Vickery who found many ‘gaps’ in the public health system for those experiencing eating disorders. … View Profile

    Unfortunately yes binge eating can affect your teeth. It can cause gum disease and the loss of enamel. The longer someone binges with food, the worse it will beon a person's teeth.

  • Alysha Coleman

    Clinical Psychologist, Counsellor, Psychologist

    Alysha is the Primary Clinical Psychologist and Director of The Institute for Healthy Living, a clinical psychology practice in Bondi Junction. Alysha has worked with … View Profile

    It is the purging (vomiting) that will cause the damage to your teeth. As The Butterfly Foundation said, loss of enamel and gum disease are the main consequences. Although a trip to the Dentist may be scary, at least you will know the reality (whether good or bad). The sooner you can work to end the binge-purge cycle, the sooner you can put a stop to an unwanted impacts. 
    Psychologists could help you to do this with an approach supported by a lot of scientific evidence. Feel free to contact me through my profile if you'd like assistance to find the right support for you.

    I wish you all the best,

    Alysha

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