Eating Disorder Awareness Week: 27th February to 5th March 2017
543 supports Eating Disorders Awareness Week, from 27th February until the 5th March. It is an international awareness event, run by eating disorder charity Beat, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround the issue. This year will be focusing on early intervention, a key part of Beat’s work. The earlier someone can enter treatment for an eating disorder, the greater their chance of recovery.

Take the first step
We know that taking the first brave step towards recovery is often a difficult one. The Beat organisation want to ensure that people have the support they need to take that step, and get the care they deserve. Their helpline is open 365 days a year on 03456 341414 or their Youthline 03456 347650.

Did you know eating disorders damage your teeth too?
Eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder affect not only your general health but your oral health as well. Common oral problems caused by eating disorders include acid erosion of the surface of the teeth, dry mouth (also known as xerostomia) and tooth decay.

Talk to us if you have an eating disorder. We can help you protect your teeth.
It can be difficult to open up and talk to people about your eating disorder, however, it is a good idea to tell your dentist about it. Your dentist will be better placed to give you advice on how to help you protect your teeth from damage.

How does bulimia damage teeth?
Individuals with bulimia nervosa tend to experience the most damage to their teeth as a result of frequent vomiting. Vomit contains gastric acid from the stomach and frequent contact with the teeth will wear the enamel surface away. When the enamel layer has been worn away, the next layers of the tooth, such as the dentine and the pulp, may become exposed, leading to pain and sensitivity.

Did you know… Anorexia and bulimia aren’t the only eating disorders.
Although most people would only associate the words ‘eating disorder’ with anorexia nervosa, or bulimia, it actually covers a wider range, including (but not limited to) binge eating disorder and emotional overeating.

If you binge eat, so does the bacteria in your mouth!
Binge eating disorder, which involves frequent bingeing on sugary foods and drinks, may lead to the development of tooth decay.

Unhealthy body image? Don’t lose your teeth over it!
Due to a lack of nutrients, individuals with anorexia nervosa may develop osteoporosis, a condition affecting the bones that can lead to weakening of the bones in the jaw and the loss of teeth.

You’re not alone, but you can’t get help until you admit you need it.
Dealing with having an eating disorder is difficult and recovery means accepting you have a problem. This can be one of the hardest things to do. Treat yourself kindly. Keep a journal. Express your feelings and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

Think eating disorders are just for teenage girls? Think again.
Eating disorders affect 1.6 million men and women in the UK. They can affect anybody, regardless of gender, race, religion or social status.

If you find yourself struggling, please speak out, or seek help. You can contact us, your GP or use the support and services of Beat: