Bulimia is a serious and possibly life threatening eating disorder. Those with bulimia generally binge large amount of food and then try to purge the excess calories in a very unhealthy way. This can involve someone trying to force themselves to vomit or to start excessively exercising. One of the more common and yet very detrimental side effects of bulimia is dental damage. When a person with bulimia repeatedly self-induces vomiting, your teeth are subjected to harmful stomach acid that wears away tooth enamel and can lead to gingivitis and tooth decay. Continual exposure to the hydrochloric acid can produce a large amount of oral conditions and symptoms such as dry mouth, chronic sore throat, painful or bleeding gums, broken, cracked, or missing teeth, reversal of previous dental work, abnormalities with jaw alignment, difficulty or pain in swallowing and more.
Many people do not think that teeth would be the first indicator of an eating disorder, however many people are first diagnosed by their dentists because they are often the initial responder to the dental symptoms arising from the start of bulimic actions. Dentists can be instrumental in identifying the early signs of bulimia, and can help an individual not have to go through years before receiving help or being officially diagnosed with this mental health disorder. The short term solution is to treat the oral conditions present, such as repairing broken teeth, caring for gums, filling cavities and more. The long term solution would be to seek the needed treatment. Dental repairs can only go so far if a person still purges on a frequent basis.
Talk with us about your dental concerns, and take a step towards receiving treatment for bulimia recovery. While restorative dental work will be a big step of healing from bulimia, it will help you feel more confident so you can effectively obtain complete care for your body and mind as well.
Call or visit Summerlyn Dental Care in Bradford, Ontario for treatment or diagnosis of bulimia nervosa.