Causes And Consequences Of Eating Disorders

1608 Words Dec 4th, 2014 7 Pages
Abstract The eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa are psychological life threatening disorders that are becoming more common in today’s society. When an eating disorder is developed, the victim is not always aware of the oral consequences he or she will have to endure. This review of research indicates the risks and consequences associated with eating disorders and oral health.
It is estimated that up to 24 million Americans suffer from serious eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. While anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, the group most commonly diagnosed includes teenagers and young adult women. Eating disorders can have a large negative impact on a person’s quality of life. Self-image, relationships with families and friends, and performance in school or on the job can be negatively impacted. Individuals with eating disorders also can suffer from numerous physical health complications, such as heart conditions or kidney failure, which can lead to death. However, it is often the pain and discomfort related to dental complications that first causes patients to consult with a health professional. Dentists and dental hygienists are often the first health professionals to observe signs and symptoms of eating disorders. The major and most noticeable oral symptoms related to eating disorders include enamel erosion, dental caries and disturbances of basic oral functions. The goal of this review is to present…
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