Terrified about what I've done to my teeth

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LessThanZero
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Terrified about what I've done to my teeth

That's about it, really.
Just needed to get it out there.
I've completely destroyed them. And didn't go to a dentist for years because I knew how bad they were getting and was so ashamed. They're broken, worn down and completely wrecked.
Before bulimia I had perfect teeth. Like, dream teeth.
I'm so scared everytime I think about them.
Because I know there's no way I could ever afford to get them fixed.
Pretty much just waiting for them to completely fall out.

AlexLilyFlower
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You can pay for dental work

You can pay for dental work monthly bit by bit I think, lots of young people have some falls teeth put in and you wouldn't know, even having gaps isnt always as bad as you may think. Sorry maybe not to useful but that's how I think about it as also worried about mine :)

a.l.s

Phobs
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Hi Lessthanzero I'm in

Hi Lessthanzero
I'm in exactly the same predicament with my teeth- people would comment how lovely they were years ago and now I'm ashamed of them and so self conscious. I'm trying to find a solution and will let you know if I find anything. Whatever we all have to stop this insane purging and amusing out bodies - then I think of how much money I've wasted over the years with it, the irony that would pay for new teeth... But wouldn't need them then!!

katzcurrent
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For those of you who are

For those of you who are still purging, it's important to know that brushing your teeth after purging is typically quite harmful because it strips the mouth and teeth. I've been reading new reports that perhaps people in general should only brush their teeth once a day - at night - and in the morning, gently 'wash' their teeth with a cloth and use mouthwash. I haven't taken it that far, but it's something to think about.

After purging, rinse your mouth and paint your teeth with fluoride toothpaste - just let it sit. There are different kinds of enamel strengthening pastes on the market - it might be a good idea to buy 2 brands with different ingredients just to cover your bases. Also, do everything you can to keep your stomach non-acidic and your blood sugar low. The acid and the sugars are the biggest culprits, typically more so than the vomit (or so I've been told - but I'm not a dentist, so if you know otherwise, don't hesitate to post!!).

katzcurrent
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p.s. By 'low' blood sugar, I

p.s. By 'low' blood sugar, I mean 'not high' - obviously, low blood sugar isn't an ideal state to go for!

vikinggirl
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Rinsing with baking soda and

Rinsing with baking soda and water or at least just water after purging kept my teeth intact. Be sure to swish it around thoroughly and gargle.

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