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Question
Posted by: Bea | 2004/11/07

Q.

Signs of bulimia?

Hi
I would like to know how easy it is for a dentist to see if someone is bulimic...and how the dentist would see this.
And also, what he/she would do if he/she sees that his/her patient is in fact bulimic. (not an underage person)

Thank you!

Expert's Reply

A.

Oral health expert

There are tell tale signs that chornic bulaemics have on the inside surfaces of their teeth. (erosion as a result of the reflux of gastric acids). It is not always very easy as the signs will not manifest early on.
What the dentist can only do in his capacity is to confirm whether the patient is affected by referring the patient to a dietician or GP.

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Posted by: kelli | 2004/12/01

My advice - be upfront about your problem with the dentist - they hear it more often than you think. And get yourself some help or you eventually WILL lose them and/or need to spend tens of thousands on dentist bills.

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