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Bulimia has weakened my enamel.

Tags: dental , teeth

I have been suffering from bulimia for 2 years and now since I have overcome this condition I wonder what I should do to reduce any effects on my teeth? I have weak enamel and want to strengthen them. Is there any special procedures I could do at home?

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The answer

I am so sorry to hear about what you have been going through, well done for overcoming things too. As you have discovered bulimia can have very serious effects on the teeth if left untreated or unmanaged, the most common of which is enamel erosion due to exposure of the teeth to stomach acid. This erosion often leads to decay and gum problems particularily at the back of the mouth by the molars, and periodontitis all of which require a dedicated dental treatment plan.

In the first instance make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush using a fluoride toothpaste to clean. Twice daily mouth washes with a fluoride mouthwash and regular flossing should also be included in any dental regime, this helps to strengthen the teeth and gums, reduces oral bacteria and may slow any decay.

Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your teeth if you haven’t already is to seek an urgent assessment from your dentist. There is no need to feel any shame or embarrassment about seeking the support of your dentist, bulimia is a condition that is frequently seen by dentists due to the condition of the teeth, they are usually always aware of it in their patients regardless of whether their patient has told them about it or not.

You may need specialist fluoride treatments and/or gum treatments which they will be able to provide, in addition they can repair any decayed areas and provide resin bonding to the tooth enamel if needed. Together you can make a dental treatment plan that should give you healthy teeth for many years to come and reverse any damage that may have been incurred. You have done so very well in overcoming your bulimia and you are now being brilliantly proactive about your dental health, please do see your dentist as soon as possible they will be able to give you a treatment plan and will work with you to both restore you to optimum dental health and also prevent any ongoing serious tooth or gum disease.

Answered by Health at Hand nurses.

 

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