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How Bulimia Can Damage Teeth


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How Bulimia Can Damage Teeth

  2. 2. The effects of bulimia on your teeth are far-reaching.
  3. 3. This eating disorder is marked by periods of binging and purging food, exposing tooth enamel to large amounts of acid.
  4. 4. The pain and embarrassment that you feel about your unhealthy teeth can add to the mental stress that you experience.
  5. 5. For many patients, dental services are just as important of a part of their treatment as counseling.
  7. 7. Your stomach naturally makes acid to help digest your food. Some of this acid comes up every time you vomit.
  8. 8. Tooth enamel is strong enough to handle brief exposure to these acids, but repeated vomiting increases how long the acids come in contact with your teeth.
  9. 9. Your teeth are also exposed to acids from the food and drinks consumed during binges.
  10. 10. Soda, fruit juice and other sugary beverages are all highly acidic.
  11. 11. Food that gets stuck on your teeth can also break down and begin to form acids which break down the tooth enamel. This is called acid erosion.
  12. 12. As the enamel thins, the underlying dentin becomes more visible. This can make your teeth look yellower. You may also see white spots and other areas of discoloration.
  13. 13. Acid erosion may sometimes have very few symptoms until it reaches a severe point that causes tooth sensitivity.
  15. 15. Once your teeth are weakened by acid erosion, they are more susceptible to other types of damage. Your teeth may become brittle and begin to chip more easily.
  16. 16. Frequent vomiting causes damage to your inner cheeks, lips and gums causing canker sores,
  17. 17. along with signs of gum disease such as bleeding and swelling. Your salivary glands may also become enlarged.
  18. 18. Dry mouth is another condition that can occur with bulimia, increasing your risk of cavities.
  19. 19. It also causes symptoms such as a burning sensation in your mouth and cracked lips that are uncomfortable.
  21. 21. The most important thing you can do is seek help!
  22. 22. Stopping the cycle of binging and purging halts the damage that this condition does to your teeth.
  23. 23. You can also take steps to protect your teeth from acid erosion. Rinsing your mouth with water after an episode of vomiting or drinking acidic beverages helps to restore the pH balance of your saliva.
  24. 24. You can also take steps to protect your teeth from acid erosion. Regular dental checkups are important for catching early signs of damage to your teeth.
  25. 25. You can also take steps to protect your teeth from acid erosion. Special fluoride treatments and other dental procedures can improve the appearance and health of your teeth.
  26. 26. Bulimia treatment frequently includes multiple strategies that help your whole body heal.
  27. 27. Your bulimia needs to be treated by a trained mental health professional, but we can help with your teeth.
  28. 28. As always, anything you tell us during your office visits is confidential. We only want to help you take care of your teeth and love how you look when you smile.
  29. 29. Noble Dental Care is a family oriented dental care clinic with dentists that care about you and your health.
  30. 30. Give us the opportunity to give you the smile of your dreams.
  31. 31. Call us for an appointment at (480) 820-3515.