Bulimia nervosa is a serious eating disorder in which people binge lots of food and then try to rid themselves of the food and calories by fasting, vomiting, using laxatives or excessive exercise. Individuals with bulimia nervosa tend to experience the most damage to their teeth as a result of vomiting often. When this happens, highly erosive stomach acid is in frequent contact with your teeth and eventually erodes away the enamel surface leaving the under layers of your teeth exposed. This can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and broken or cracked teeth. Common side affects of frequent vomiting include: dry mouth, chronic sore throat, painful or bleeding gums, salivary gland enlargement, esophageal damage, abnormalities with jaw alignment and worse.
While you get treatment for your eating disorder, it may be hard to keep control of the induced vomiting episodes. To minimize the damage you should not brush your teeth right away after vomiting. You should wait an hour, and when you do brush you should use a fluoride tooth paste. Additionally, you may receive a cover for your teeth to protect them from stomach acid. Dental treatment is very important to the treatment of your eating disorder. Visiting your dentist regularly can help detect decay or infections. once your bulimia is under control, you may start the long term repairs of your teeth - whether that be tooth replacement, caring for gums, cavity fillings and more.
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