Dentists can play an important role in spotting the early signs of eating disorders:
– Oral signs of eating disorders can be spotted by the dentist, such as erosion of the enamel inside the upper front teeth (facing the roof of the mouth).
– Eating disorders affect approximately 725000 people in the UK; earlier diagnoses would benefit patients by improving long-term health outcomes.
– Regular dentist appointments can also check that teeth are healthy and there are no signs of gum disease.
“Dentists can play a key role in the detection of health conditions including anorexia nervosa, bulimia and Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD).”
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