An overview of anorexia and bulimia nervosa, and the impact of eating disorders on the oral cavity

Compendium. 1993 Dec;14(12):1594, 1596-1602, 1604-8; quiz 1608.


The two most common eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, can severely impact oral health. This article will discuss and describe the nature of these disorders and attempt to explain why mostly women suffer from them. In addition, the signs and symptoms of these disorders will be described as they present on medical and oral examination, and recommendations for rehabilitating these patients will be presented.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anorexia Nervosa* / complications*
  • Bulimia* / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Periodontal Diseases / etiology
  • Salivary Gland Diseases / etiology*
  • Tooth Erosion / etiology*
  • Xerostomia / etiology