Eating Disorders and Oral Health

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:

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