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Sore gums, dry mouth, migraine. Have anorexia nervosa. What is causing the problem?

Hi i have very sore gums n mouth always seem dry n keep getting terrible migraines at the same time i suffer with anerexia nervosa n do take alot of pain killers n prescription pills for sleeping ive bn to dentist often n they said my teeth bcame weak bcse of my illness n gums too but ive bn lookin after them properly nw n nw dentist cant see whats causing the probs its been gng on for months n its driving me mad nw
Asked On : Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Swollen gums and dry mouth can be due to vitamin defieciencies , dehydration , malnutrition .

Anorexia nervosa is a eating disorder , i would suggest you to consult a GP and a Dietician , follow a healthy eating habits and proper nutrition .
With proper counselling one can develop and follow meal plans to manage healthy weights .

Diet also plays a vital role in preventing gum diseases ensure you drink plenty of raw vegetables , fruits like oranges citrus juicy fruits , salads . Avoid eating aeroted and carbonated drinks .
Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.

Get complete mouth scaling and polishing done .
Maintain a good oral hygiene .
Take vitamin suplements.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello there ,

As you have mentioned you are suffering from anorexia , you may be suffering from immoderate food habits and weight loss .

sore gums and dry mouth may be caused due to reduced salivary secretion which leads to accumulation of bacterial plaque and calculus deep in the gum pockets leading to soreness, this can be a side effect of anorexia .

for anorexia and migraine you need to consult a physician and talk about your problem and the related symptoms.

For dental problems i would suggest you to get an OPG radiograpg done ,accordingly treatment can be planned for weak teeth and gums .

i hope this helps ,

take care.

Answered: Wed, 27 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Thanks for posting your query in hcm forum,

Sore gums and dry mouth occurs due to reduced salivary secretion ans decreased salivary flow.
This can increase the caries incidence.
The sensitivity may be due to the loss of bone and periodontal destruction.
A x-ray will help to reveal the condition of bone support and tissues underlying.
Salivary substitutes can be administered.
Apply desensitising paste on the effected area.
Use soft-bristled toobrush to clean your teeth.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Get your decayed teeth restored.
Take care.
Answered: Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Payman Hajiazim's  Response
Hi there, thanks for asking. Teeth problem and gum issues are common in eating disorder as you mentioned. It could be related to acid reflux (if you have) or induced vomiting. It could also be related to lack of vital nutrition. Treatment of eating problem is easy now compared to 20 years ago. There are very good medications that can control the situation. If somebody participates in talk sessions, she would be able to manage it completely as well. Let me know if you have any question. Best wishes.
Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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