Bulimia Teeth Pictures 

What do bulimia nervosa teeth look like and what are bulimia teeth signs?

Bulimia Teeth Pictures - Enamel Loss

Did you know that between 49%- 93% of people who struggle with bulimia nervosa have damage to their tooth enamel?  I am one of those people who suffered from enamel loss after struggling with bulimia for over 10 years.

As you can see in my bulimia teeth pictures, I have a lot of enamel loss. Enamel loss is essentially tooth erosion that occurs when acids wear away the enamel on teeth. 

This naturally happens to people in their everyday life when they eat acidic foods or drinks, however, when you have a purging disorder and self-induced vomiting, bringing the acidic contents of your stomach into your mouth causes much more aggressive enamel erosion than would occur in people who do not have bulimia nervosa.

Damaged tooth enamel cannot be brought back. Meaning once you lose that enamel, you will always have that transparent look to your teeth from the damage done.

However, weakened enamel can be strengthened to some degree by improving its mineral content. Toothpastes and mouthwashes can help this process, but again they will never “rebuild” teeth.

 

 Bulimia Nervosa Teeth - Cavities

When you are purging frequently, the stomach acid exposure does more than just wear away at tooth enamel, it also can cause you to develop cavities. Cavities are areas of your teeth that have decayed and have developed into tiny holes. These cavities need fillings by a dentist which can be quite expensive. If tooth decay has become serious enough to reach the tooth pulp, a root canal will be needed. This is because the infection has set into the tooth and unlike a cavity, the hole cannot simply be filled. In the case of a root canal, the inflamed pulp must be removed and the tooth cleaned, disinfected, filled and finally sealed. 

In addition to the acid causing enamel loss and cavities, frequent binge eating high sugar foods and drinks can also lead to serious tooth decay and cavities needing to be filled/ root canals to be performed. Teeth can become rotten over time if bulimic tendencies go on without treatment. Don’t wait to get help!

What Are Bulimia Teeth Signs?

Here are some bulimia teeth signs to look out for. Your teeth may have weakened from bulimia so that they chip more easily and look ragged at the bottom. I personally have chipped my front teeth simply by eating off a fork, that is how brittle they became when I was purging frequently. 

My teeth also have a ragged appearance of my bottom jaw where some acid accumulates during purges. This leads to my teeth looking bumpy on the top instead of flat. You can see in my bulimia teeth pictures. Your teeth might also turn a yellowish colour or take on a glassy appearance. I would be using lots of whitening strips and toothpaste to try and counter this but I still had a yellowish tinge to my teeth that made them look even more unhealthy.

bulimia teeth pictures, coach victoria evans

As I mentioned before, this damage is damage that is done for life. Even though I’ve been in recovery for years, every time I smile I am reminded of bulimia and purging. It has made me extremely self-conscious of my smile as well as nervous to go to the dentist for checkups after I’ve caused so much trauma to my teeth. Not only that, but the cost of getting cavities filled and root canals done is astronomical.

Bulimia Face

Bulimia wreaks havoc on all areas of the body, in addition to the teeth, purging also damages the jaw and as well as causes bulimia cheeks also known as bulimia face. What is bulimia face, you might be wondering? It’s when a person suddenly stops engaging in the purging behaviour and the salivary glands in the face, located in front of the ears, begin to swell. This causes the person's face to take on a swollen or moon-like appearance.

In addition to the bulimia face swelling, bulimia impacts other parts of the face including the jaw. I have been very lucky to not have a lot of jaw damage done, but a previous client of mine who struggled with bulimia for years has had to have several jaw surgeries as well as extensive dental work to try and mitigate some of the trauma caused by purging. 

Some of the ways that purging can impact the jaw include pain from an inflamed parotid gland (salivary gland) which can cause nerve pain, and longer-term impacts include changes to a person’s bite, and changes to the physical face, headaches from jaw misalignment, shoulder and neck pain. 

Purging has a serious impact on the health of your mouth. If you are suffering from bulimia, it's important to get treatment as soon as possible.

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DISCLAIMER: 

This toolkit is NOT a substitute for getting help from health care professionals. I created this toolkit to support you in your recovery journey and it should be used in addition to not instead of treatment.

 Bulimia is a serious and life-threatening disease. Don't wait to get help. You don’t have to do it alone. 

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