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J Oral Rehabil. 2004 Jul;31(7):725-32.

Eating disorder-induced dental complications: a case report.

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Department of Operative Dentistry and Endodontology, Dental School, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium.


Eating disorders are potentially life threatening and have not lost their relatively poor prognosis in the last decades. Whereas the increase in incidence and prevalence rates of anorexia nervosa over time are questionable, an increasing trend in incidence and prevalence of bulimia nervosa has been reported. Dentists are often involved in treating teeth of patients with both anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa because the teeth of these patients are regularly affected by erosion and caries. Without identification of the underlying evidence of psychological problems and consequent treatment, a patient's medical and dental health will deteriorate as the eating disorder progresses. The dentition of the patient with an eating disorder may offer specific signs and characteristics to alert the dentist.

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