February 22-28, 2009 is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Physical changes in the mouth are one of the first signs an eating disorder exists. According to the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, up to 89% of bulimics show signs of tooth erosion, and 28% of all bulimic cases are first diagnosed by dental professionals.
Dental practitioners should be knowledgeable about eating disorders and be comfortable discussing their concerns with patients and families.
The following is a list of resources to keep you up-to-date with this topic:
- Recent articles as indexed in PubMed
- Dental Complications of Eating Disorders: from the National Eating Disorders Association
- An overview with images from the ADA
- ADA Dental Minutes – Video featuring an overview of eating disorders and oral health