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The effects of mental health difficulties on motivation, self care etc mean the oral health can be compromised, particularly in chronic conditions and where sugared foods and tobacco smoking are used as self medication.
Because of the corrosive effect of the acids produced when people make themseleves sick, tooth enamel can deteriorate over time
- McCreadie, R. G., Stevens, H., Henderson, J., Hall, D., McCaul, R., Filik, R., et al. (2004). The dental health of people with schizophrenia: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica Vol 110(4) Oct 2004, 306-310.
- Paszynska, E., Limanowska-Shaw, H., Slopien, A., & Rajewski, A. (2006). Evaluation of oral health in bulimia nervosa: Psychiatria Polska Vol 40(1) Jan-Feb 2006, 109-118.
- Simmons, M. S., Grayden, S. K., & Mitchell, J. E. (1986). The need for psychiatric-dental liaison in the treatment of bulimia: American Journal of Psychiatry Vol 143(6) Jun 1986, 783-784.