Study of oral changes in patients with eating disorders
Article first published online: 10 APR 2008
© 2008 The Authors
International Journal of Dental Hygiene
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 119–122, May 2008
How to Cite
Lifante-Oliva, C., López-Jornet, P., Camacho-Alonso, F. and Esteve-Salinas, J. (2008), Study of oral changes in patients with eating disorders. International Journal of Dental Hygiene, 6: 119–122. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-5037.2008.00296.x
- Issue published online: 10 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2008
- Dates: Accepted 12 September 2007
- eating disorders;
- oral health;
- oral mucosa;
- tooth erosion
Abstract: Background: The prevalence of eating disorders is very high in industrialized countries, especially in young women. The principal orodental manifestations are erosion of the dental enamel, caries and dental sensitivity.
Objectives: Our aim was to study oral complications in female with eating disorders.
Methods: We study oral complications (dental, mucosal and salivary) in 17 female patients from the Hospitalized Patients Eating Disorders Unit.
Results: We found alterations in salivary flow and pH, as well as salivary gland enlargement.
Conclusions: A significant alteration in oral tissue occurs; this has an adverse impact on oral health, producing an accumulation of local irritants which favour the appearance of oral diseases. Preventative measures are therefore recommended for this group of patients.