Teens, Bulimia, And Oral Health: A Guide For Parents
When you think about eating disorders and their impact on health, the first problems that come to mind might be brittle bones, weak muscles, and perhaps heart conditions. But one eating disorder in particular can also have devastating effects on oral health. Bulimia, a condition in which patients binge on large amounts of food before purging—often by vomiting—affects about 1.5% of women and 0.5% of men over their lifetimes. It’s most common in teens, so as the parent of a teenager, it’s important that you’re informed about this condition and how it can affect your child’s dental health for the rest of his or her life.