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Dentists Often the First To Spot Eating Disorders

In the United States alone, 35 million men, women, and children suffer from eating disorders. Dentists are becoming the first line of defense when it comes to spotting eating disorders in patients, according to the Academy of General Dentistry.

Bad breath, sensitive teeth, and eroded tooth enamel are just a few of the signs dentists use to determine whether a patient suffers from an eating disorder. Other signs include teeth that are worn and appear almost translucent, mouth sores, dry mouth, cracked lips, bleeding gums, and tender mouth, throat, and salivary glands.

To read more, click here: http://www.dentaleconomics.com/display_article/351599/54/none/none/DEIns/Dentists-often-first-to-spot-eating-disorders-in-patients

How do you approach patients whom you suspect have eating disorders to encourage them to seek help?

If you encounter resistance, what do you do?

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