7 troublesome ways teens destroy their teeth

  • 7 troublesome ways teens destroy their teeth

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    Bulimia

    In addition to wreaking physical and emotional havoc, the eating disorder bulimia quite commonly causes widespread tooth decay. The problems arise when bulimics binge on high-carb foods, and the sugars in these foods weaken and erode tooth enamel and feed plaque-causing bacteria. Then, purging exposes weakened tooth enamel to stomach acid, which dissolves tooth enamel and further contributes to tooth decay.

    It's no surprise that a long-time sufferer of bulimia will probably need to have dental repair work done frequently and repeatedly, especially on teeth that are exposed to harsh stomach acids from purging. If you or anyone you know suffers from bulimia, seek medical help immediately.

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