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Oral health considerations for patients with eating disorders (ED):

  • ED require a team-based approach, including a physician, registered nurse, psychiatrist/psychologist, registered dietitian and social worker.
  • Once the oral health care professional recognizes the presence of an ED the patient/guardian should be approached and if indicated referred to an ED program and the patient’s physician.
  • Many patients with EDs have concerns with their self-image. This can be addressed and, if indicated, esthetic/cosmetic enhancement of the dentition can be suggested.
  • The acidic environment due to purging, or oral dryness, may determine the type of dental restorations offered to the patient.