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young18
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I've been bulimic for around 6 months now. I have a dentist appointment coming up, and i was wonderding if there's anything I can do to reverse some of the effects on my teeth? I'm really affraid they'll notice, and I don't want to have to go through that.
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Deunan Knute
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As far as I know, there's nothing you can do about that. My mom's teeth had all the enamel worn away just because her morning sickness was so bad during her pregnancies.

Rather than try to figure out a way to make your teeth look better, I'd suggest you try not being bulemic anymore. Tell your parents and tell your doctor. You'll need all the help and support you can get. IMO nothing good can ever possibly come out of being bulemic.


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Gumdrop Girl
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sorry, but you can't reverse the enamel damage. and your dentist isn't dumb -- tooth damage is common in bulimics, and s/he'll suspect bulimia. Will the dentist say anything to your folks. No. But you really should tell someone about your eating disorder before you erode your esophagus as well as your tooth enamel. You need to get help from a good therapist.

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Heather
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It may or may not work for you, but...

... have you considered, should your dentist notice, or should you choose to bring the enamel issues to the table, using this as an opportunity to come out with this?

I say that because heathcare professionals can really be a big help sometimes with advocating for their patients, with helping address issues with parents (especially if you ask for help doing so) and meditating the whole works. A dentist with young adult patients, too, may have addressed this more than once before.

Your teeth truly are the least of your worries: runing your long-term health and much more seriously harming yourself is the bigger issue, so anything at all you can do to take even one baby step towards recovery is an opportunity to seriously consider.


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