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.