Pica, a Little-Known Condition in Dentistry. Case Report

2019 • Volume 13 • Issue 2

Sebastián Lavín–Niño de Zepeda



Pica is a condition associated with the chronic, compulsive consumption of a particular substance or material that is not considered food. Culturally it is not accepted by society and its nutritional value is non-existent. When this behavior is repeated consistently for more than one month, it is considered to be Pica. This eating disorder does not have a clear etiology, but is associated with; orality in children, psychotic disorders, nutritional deficiencies, psychosocial problems, autism, family problems, OCD, stress, abuse, family separations and other traumatic events. In order to detect it, it is necessary to perform a correct anamnesis, clinical examination, radiographic examination, complementary examinations such as blood count, as well as a relationship of trust between the dentist and the patient are necessary. All of them will be able to guide us and make us come out of suspicion that this harmful behavior exists, since patients often hide it.

KEY WORDS: itching, anemia, dental attrition, lithophagy.


How to cite this article

LAVÍN–NIÑO DE ZEPEDA, S. Pica, a little-known condition in dentistry. Case report. Int. J. Odontostomat., 13(2):195-197, 2019.


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