With your smile being among the first things someone else notices about you, it's important to keep your pearly whites beautiful and clean. Unfortunately, for some people, this is easier said than done. Some individuals suffer from health issues that can cause damaged teeth, such as diabetes. Some may even suffer from a condition known as bulimia. Read on to learn more about this debilitating disease and how cosmetic dentistry can help to restore one's smile.
What is Bulimia?
Bulimia is a very serious illness that involves an individual overeating and then vomiting afterward. It is a condition that is much more common in women, especially young girls. Usually a person with bulimia think that they are overweight even though they actually weigh their recommended weight.
How Does It Damage Your Teeth?
Your natural teeth have a coating called enamel. It is essential a layer of protection – or armor, if you will – that helps to keep bacteria from invading your teeth. When the enamel becomes weak, it leaves your teeth susceptible to decay and other damage.
If you have bulimia, then you make yourself vomit. There is a large amount of stomach acid in that vomit, so when it comes up through and out of your mouth, it gets caught on your teeth. Extended exposure of this acid can wear the enamel on your teeth away, leaving them more prone to decay and extreme sensitivity to cold, hot and sweet foods and beverages. Aside from decay, your teeth can also become stained.
How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Help
First of all, you will need to re-strengthen your teeth. Your dentist may offer fluoride treatments for this. This is particularly important when you're trying to get your condition under control. Once you do have your bulimia under control, your teeth will need to be restored. Although fillings may work for some teeth, if you have been dealing with this disease for a long period of time, it's likely that you'll need to consider porcelain crowns and veneers. In some cases, dental bridges or implants may be necessary for any teeth that are lost or too damaged to repair.
In order to determine exactly what is best for your teeth in your individual situation, it is crucial that you undergo a full and thorough examination with a cosmetic dentist. He or she will be able to evaluate the extent of enamel deterioration and other damage. Equipped with this information, your dentist can then determine the best course of treatment and what dental options are best suited for you and your teeth. The most important thing to know is that it is possible to get back a beautiful smile that you won't be embarrassed to show off to the world.
For more information, contact Aaron G Birch, DDS PC or a similar dental professional.Share