i am in the midst of recovery. i was never diagnosed by a doctor for an eating disorder (i went to the hospital once after not eating for a few straight months desperate for someone to help me, the doctor took one look at me and said 'you don't look sick.' before walking away. i never went back). i won't go into explicit details but i know i met the criteria for anorexia as well as bulimia or anorexic with bulimic tendencies; it varied a lot.
i'm 22 and have had issues with food since puberty, at least.
anyways, this is all unrelated but just trying to give a sense of who i be. i'm recovering on my own which has pitted my brain against its own thoughts a lot of days but we're gonna make it, damnit.
my mouth is.. a mess. years of purging has taken its toll on my teeth. early this year i was taken in for emergency dental surgery for a molar that had abscessed into the wisdom tooth above it. i had spent many sleepless nights sobbing and holding my jaw until my mom realized one day that something was just not right (i don't live with her, haha, it's not like she saw me crying nightly and just shrugged it off). i fear this abscessing is happening to more of my molars.. i don't ever want to experience that pain again. nerves in the mouth are so tightly knit together that when one tooth aches and pulses, aaaalll the teeth do. it's awful.
is there anything i can do to try and preserve my remaining munchers? i brush often, i use pro-namel toothpaste, baking soda mouthwash... i'm careful with acidic foods. i'm not sure if there's anything i can do. i know i will need to get a lot of dental work done when i am financially able to (my front tooth chips away every time something hard hits it, it's starting to look ridiculous), but until that happens i just need to know any and every measure i can take to salvage my poor teeth. :(
thanks in advance gals/guys.