Oral health knowledge and practice behaviors among patients with eating disorders: a pilot study Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Peek, Jessica C.
    • Affiliation: School of Dentistry, Division of Allied Dental Education, Dental Hygiene Master's Program
  • Oral manifestations of eating disorders (ED) have been well documented in the literature. However, the knowledge ED patients have about the effects of the disease on their oral health remains unknown. The purpose of this study is to determine oral health knowledge and oral homecare practice behaviors among ED patients. Oral health knowledge, homecare practice behaviors, and referral patterns of 41 patients currently or previously diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or eating disorder not otherwise specified were measured using an electronic survey. Univariate analysis revealed moderate to high knowledge of the oral manifestations of ED. However, there is a low level of knowledge regarding appropriate post-purging behaviors. Many participants reported brushing (79%) or doing nothing (42.1%) after purging. The rate of referral to a dentist among this population was (32.4%). The most commonly reported barrier to accessing dental care is embarrassment (50%).
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Dental Hygiene Education in the Department of Dental Ecology, School of Dentistry."
  • Wilder, Rebecca S.
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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