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I've had more than my fair share of experience with bulimia tooth decay! You see my teeth in the video above... Well... A lot of them aren't real!
I started dealing with bulimia when I was 8 years old. It was mild as a kid - but as a teenager and then adult, it was severe...
All the throwing up I did for all those years was driving acid from my stomach into my mouth and onto my teeth. Over the years this acid slowly but surely ate away at the enamel on my teeth - causing plenty of dental problems!
I've had numerous false teeth put in... About 10 root canals and more fillings than I can count! In fact, I think that every real tooth in my mouth has at least one filling.
My font two teeth are fake! I had to get them replaced when they started going gray.
Despite having recovered from bulimia many years ago now... I have some teeth that have since died and now need to be replaced or capped with a fake tooth.
I expect that as a result of my bulimia, I will have bulimia tooth decay problems for quite a few years to come... But most definitely, since I have recovered, the number of dental issues I have has dropped SINGIFICANTLY! I think now it's just repairing past damage - at least there's no new damage happening :)
So to help you avoid all of this dental drama - I'd like to share 3 things that you can do to help protect your teeth...
As I said before, I wish I had known about all of these tips when I was suffering from bulimia... Perhaps then I wouldn't be dishing out money to the dentist the whole time!
Of course I suggest that you work on your bulimia recovery and try not to throw up... BUT I have been where you are now and I totally understand that it takes time to recover... SO, in the meantime, when you do slip up and purge, do these things...
Chew an antacid afterward after you throw up. An antacid will help to neutralize the acids in your mouth that have come up from your stomach.
Once you've chewed the antacid, swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit it out.
Just take a trip to your pharmacist and ask for a good brand of antacids... They won't relate it to bulimia, don't worry.
Now this is something I actually used to do a lot when I was bulimic! The reason I did it was to mask the smell of vomit on my breath. What I was actually doing without realizing, was stripping some of the protective enamel off my teeth. This enamel is very vulnerable just after purging.
So rather than brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth out with water thoroughly... That will limit the damage done when your teeth are in this sensitive state.
If you can rinse your mouth out with water every hour or so during the day, you'll help to flush away any remaining acid that's in your mouth. An easy way to do this is just to carry a water bottle around with you all day. Make sure it's just pure water though as sipping on a sugary water will increase the acidity in your mouth.
It's also a good idea to keep a bottle of water by your bed at night... When you wake up you can have a little swish. I used to find that in the morning my mouth felt like it was being eaten away by acid... If I had a swish of water during the night, it improved a little.
Of course, sipping on water often will give you the added bonus of hydrating your body... Which is so important in your recovery from bulimia!
The 3 tips above will go a long way in helping you protect your teeth from bulimia tooth decay... so please start using them as of now :)
Of course the only way to completely avoid any more bulimia tooth decay is to recover from bulimia... Which I promise you can do, just as I did over 10 years ago! Check out my bulimia recovery program which offers a detailed plan and loving support that I guarantee will help you beat bulimia.
Sending so much love your way,
Article by Shaye Boddington
Author of your-bulimia-recovery.com
and creator of The Bulimia Recovery Program and Community