The Relationship between Bulimia and Dental Health

Posted on 4/25/2022 by Thomas Wold, DMD
The Relationship between Bulimia and Dental HealthBulimia is a condition that affects many people, but few know what it does to the teeth. It can lead to cavities, tooth decay, and even gum disease. Luckily for you, this blog post will give you some information on how Bulimia affects your teeth so you can take care of them appropriately. Also in this post are tips on how to find hope when dealing with Bulimia. With these tips in mind, there is always hope!

What is Bulimia, and how does it affect the teeth?

Bulimia is a mental health disorder that can lead to extreme weight fluctuations. Some people with Bulimia will fast, exercise excessively, binge eat, and then force themselves to vomit to prevent gaining any weight from the food they just consumed. This behavior is not healthy at all for your teeth! When you are vomiting after eating large amounts of food, acidic substances are being thrown up into the mouth along with chunks of chewed-up food which mixed form a very corrosive substance.

How to find hope when you are struggling with Bulimia.

The first step to finding hope is understanding what you are struggling with. The next step is admitting that it's not easy, but no matter how hard the journey, there will always be someone right beside you rooting for your success. The third and final step in this process involves seeking help from a professional or other loved one who can support you through this difficult time. Bulimia affects many people worldwide every day; however, there is always hope if you know where to look!

Tips for preventing dental problems caused by Bulimia.

To prevent getting cavities, you need to make sure that your teeth are clean and healthy. When you binge eat or purge, rinse out your mouth with water or brush after eating to remove any food particles left behind. Brushing will also help eliminate bacteria in the mouth, which can lead to gum disease if it is not removed and leftover food particles! If you're unsure how often you should be brushing, talk to us for more insight into what's best for your teeth and gums healthy while dealing with this disorder.

So if you're struggling with Bulimia, try keeping these tips in mind so that your teeth stay healthy and fresh, no matter what happens during treatment for Bulimia. If you would like more information about how Bulimia affects the teeth and how to find hope, please get in touch with us at (541) 389-0261. Thank You!
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