Four cavities on my teeth due to bulima. Don't think it can't happen to you.

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drross
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Four cavities on my teeth due to bulima. Don't think it can't happen to you.

I've been bulimic for about a year and a half, purging three to four days a week on average (sometimes more, sometimes less if it's a good week). I went to the dentist and, since my last cleaning just six months ago, I have developed FOUR cavities. The dentist was surprised and assumed I drank tons of soda or ate tons of candy. I just couldn't bring myself to admit to him the truth of the whole situation. It was such a rude awakening. I have always thought that this couldn't happen to me because I haven't been bulimic for that long. And I also have taken all the necessary steps to preserve my teeth, like swishing with water and chewing on cheese or antacids afterwards. I just wanted to share my bulimia teeth issues. This because I don't want anyone on this site to convince themselves, as I have been doing, that they won't ruin their teeth and their bodies. Because you will eventually, and it could happen as quickly as it has for me.

evansje6
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Teeth Issues

I went to the dentist 2 weeks ago and I also have 3 cavities! I go regularly and have been bulimic for about 3 years, and I b/p alomst daily. I have always been good about brushing as well. I too take tums everyday as well. I was so mortified!! Your right, it does not take long for this to wear down on you. My dentist also noticed the wearing down of my enamel....she didnt confront me about Bulimia, but I know she wanted to. It was very awkward. That was a really difficult day for me as I felt like someone knew about my secret....why is there some much shame involved with all of this? URG!

time_to_change
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It's difficult isnt it

It's difficult isnt it =(
that's what worries me most, we can see how its ruining our teeth, but it's still too hard to stop
i've already started worrying about going to the dentist in december, i went a few months ago and cause they said my teeth were fine it made me think, 'ok it's not doing that much damage then'

loulou85
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BEWARE

I HAVE BEEN BULIMIC FOR 10YEARS AND HAVE SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FIXING THE DAMAGE ON MY TEETH! EACH TIME THEY GET FIXED I PROMISE MYSELF I WILL STOP PURGING AND LOOK AFTER THEM AS THEY ARE LIKE NEW AGAIN-UNFORTUNATELY NOT THE CASE.

JUST GOT QUOTED BETWEEN 20,000-30,000 AUS DOLLARS TO FIX THEM, EVERY TOOTH IS FILLED AT LEAST ONCE ALREADY, IVE HAD ABOUT 6 ROOT CANALS AND JUST LOST ANOTHER CHUNK OF TOOTH WHILE EATING A PROTEIN BAR! IF I DONT GET THEM FIXED AND STOP PURGING I WILL LOSE THEM.......

laryssa
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I just went to the dentist a week ago...

and let me tell you, I was pretty nervous. Luckily, I hadn't developed any new cavities, but was I ever scared. I have noticed however that my teeth are much more sensitive than before. I hope I can get this sorted out before I get the same rude awakening.

-- Laryssa

emi21
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I have a similar problem from

I have a similar problem from all my binging and the acid, I went to the dentist about two months ago and had three small cavities and the dentist also notice wearing down on my enamel, its scary to see the damage that this causes and was a huge wake up call for me

-Emi- love life, and be strong

missalaizabelcray
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The exact samething happened

The exact samething happened to me a few months ago. Four of my back teeth rotted.

Giant Fluffy Bu...
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I think that my back teeth

I think that my back teeth are rotting but I'm too afraid to go to the dentist.

Has anyone tried tooth sensitivity toothpaste or that pronamel stuff? I've been wondering if that stuff is worth a shot.

And damn I just want my teeth to stop hurting

Letgoandletgod
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once your enamel is gone it

once your enamel is gone it is gone forever. it wont regrow. pronamel doesnt give you more enamel, it just helps to refortify (remineralize) the outer and "weak" layer of enamel. what does that is the fluoride. every tooth paste has flouride. it is a gimmick. BUT it does have an active ingredient to help reduce sensitivity, but this doesnt really solve the problem. its only a temporary fix, like antidepressants.
so, dont waste 5 bucks ona small tube of pronamel, just find any brand that has desensitizer if your teeth hurt. otherwise, all pastes have fluoride

you're going to have to go to the dentist at some point. better now than later. i just went after almost 2 years of bulimia and i have 5 cavities, need bonding done to my upper canines cause dentin is showing, much enamel wear on molars, and my gums receded with gingivitis. not cool. since my appointment i have no desire to purge. it's always when it's too late, right?

Miss H
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this is interesting because i

this is interesting because i just did some research a couple of weeks ago to see if my dentist knew that i had an eating disorder. he said it was strange that one of my back molars has half fallen apart, whereas my other molars are in pretty good shape. And there is acid erosion on the backs of my front teeth. He asked if I had been vomiting, because he said there are some tell-tale signs that indicate prolonged vomiting as opposed to just drinking too much fruit juice which is high in acid.
Basically our mouths tell our story. But it is worth getting them sorted. If necessary having the painful teeth pulled out. I have had the nerves pulled out of my back tooth, which stops the pain. And really it is just a matter of time before it completely disintegrates. But I want it there so it can stop the tooth in front of it getting eroded by the vomit too...

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