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J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2011 Winter;36(2):155-60.

Eating disorders and their implications on oral health--role of dentists.

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  • 1Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Vyas Dental College and Hospital, Rajasthan, India.


Eating disorders (EDs) are primary psychological conditions, often associated with severing medical complications. EDs are characterized by perturbed eating behavior patterns. Their increasing incidence and prevalence is causing concerns to healthcare professionals. Because eating disorders are a complex issue, a multidisciplinary approach to treatment is required and this team includes Psychiatrists, Psychologists and Nutritionists. The purpose of this paper is to review the role of the dentists especially the pediatric dentist and orthodontist in identifying oral manifestations of EDs, which may be utilized for oral diagnosis, referral and management of underlying psychiatric condition and also secondary oral conditions.

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