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Bulimia research question about teeth

05/27/2008

Question:

How does bulimia affect the teeth? Do your teeth fall out? How do dentists treat the problems?

Answer:

Bulimia nervosa can impact one's teeth if a person experiences purging by self-induced vomiting. This can significantly erode the enamel of one's teeth, causing teeth to decay and erode away, requiring significant dental work to recap the teeth.

Related Resources:

How does Bulimia affect your teeth?
Oral care for patients with bulimia

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Response by:

Laura  L Hill, PhD Laura L Hill, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University