Eating disorders typically begin during the adolescent years. These disorders are a spectrum of thoughts and behaviors related to food, weight and exercise that lead to significant psychological and physical morbidity. Medical complications of eating disorders are common and can be life-threatening. Dental providers can play an important role in care by recognizing oral signs and symptoms associated with eating disorders, giving advice on mitigating these issues, and helping patients and families connect with appropriate care. In this article, we provide key information about eating disorders, the complications including oral health issues, and advice for dental providers regarding care and local resources. Awareness of the increased prevalence during the COVID-19 pandemic is emphasized.
Miller, Catherine A. MD; Boynton, James R. DDS, MS; and Bravender, Terrill MD, MPH
"Eating Disorders in Adolescents: Facts and Recommendations for the Oral Health Care Team,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss1/2
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