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    The Effects of Bulimia Nervosa on Teeth

    The Effects of Bulimia Nervosa on Teeth

    Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is characterized by recurrent and frequent episodes of uncontrolled overeating, known as bingeing. This binge eating followed by compensatory behavior of overeating such as forced vomiting, too much exercise, use of laxatives or diuretics, or a combination of these behaviors.

    People with bulimia nervosa have a sense of distorted self-image because they are normal in weight but they see themselves as “fat” and desperately want to lose weight. Dentists are the first ones to recognize the condition by the characteristic thinning or erosion of the enamel on the front teeth. Bad breath, sensitive teeth and tooth erosion are just a few of the signs that dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder like bulimia.

    Dental Consideration:

    Early detection of the disease may ensure a smoother and successful recovery period for the body and the teeth. This will involve the collaborative work of loved ones, friends, medical physician, dentist, therapist, dietitian, and psychiatrist, who work together to ensure full recovery from bulimia nervosa. It is important to maintain good oral health care related to brushing and flossing, as well as regular and frequent communication and examination with the dentist. In cases of throwing up, do not brush your teeth immediately but rinse with tap water. Tooth brushing is recommended an hour after throwing up to avoid further damage to the enamel.

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