Bulimia Teeth are Unsightly and painful. Here's how to avoid them...
I had terrible 'bulimia teeth' between the ages of 15-21... I was in the dentists office constantly! My teeth had basically been burnt out of my mouth from years of vomiting.
Tooth decay isn't one of the side effects which can cause death from bulimia. But, they do cause terrible physical and psychological suffering...
...I think, from a bulimics point of view... Bulimia teeth are one of the most humiliating signs of bulimia. Having your illness staring everyone in the face... every time you open your mouth is draining.
Below I am going to give you some tips on how you can avoid getting tooth decay as a result of your bulimia ... And for those of you who already have bad decay... I will give you advice on treatments. I hope you find this helpful!
Top 5 Ways of avoiding bulimia teeth
Having damaged and painful teeth really does suck. Make sure you do your best to keep your teeth healthy by doing the following 5 things:
- Use fluoride toothpaste and/or visit your dentist for fluoride applications.
- Don't brush your teeth after vomiting. This will destroy even more enamel. Just rinse your mouth thoroughly with water.
- Get into the habit of really looking after your teeth. Rinse with water often. Brush well in the morning and before bed. Floss every night to get rid of food and acid that may have lodged between your teeth.
- Take a calcium supplement or, eat a lot of high-calcium foods like spinach. Spinach is especially good because it's very low in calories so you won't feel bad keeping it down.
- You need to work on your bulimia recovery if you want to totally avoid damaging your teeth. Recovery is a difficult but exciting journey. Learn how I recovered and find out about treatment for bulimia here.
Already suffering from Bulimia teeth? Here's what to do
It might be too late to prevent bulimia related tooth decay... but there are definitely things that you can do to stop a bulimia tooth (or 2, or 3) from becoming a whole mouth of bulimia teeth! There are also options for dental treatments which you might find interesting:
- Start using all the suggestions I mentioned above for avoiding bulimia teeth.
- Develop a relationship with a dentist that you trust. Get any present dental problems fixed before they get worse. I learnt this the hard way 2 front teeth later!
- Getting your teeth fixed could be very expensive. Mine cost upwards of $8,000. So, when you make the commitment to getting them fixed, also make the commitment to getting help for your bulimia.
- If you can't afford the bill to get your teeth fixed - consider a dental holiday to a place such as Thailand. There are dentists and hospitals there that offer outstanding service at amazing prices. Even with the air flight it can work out at less than 1/2 the price. I am having my front two teeth re-done there. I wasn't happy with the color the dentist here made them.
So, as you will see...
My teeth are fine now. The front two are a little yellow - but it's something only I notice.
The effects of bulimia don't have to be permanent... You just need the right oral care, the right dentist, and the right bulimia recovery advice... To begin your recovery journey, think about joining my newsletter below.
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Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community