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In the United States, it is estimated that anywhere from five to ten million females and approximately one million males struggle with some type of eating disorder. The disorder does not discriminate and affects men, women, and adolescents from all ethnicities. The group most commonly affected is adolescent girls, but diagnoses are increasing in males and other age groups, most notably women in their fifth decade of life. Dental personnel are usually the first to notice changes in the oral cavity of individuals with certain types of eating disorders. The earlier treatment is sought in the disease process, the more hopeful the prognosis. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Unfortunately, between five percent and 20 percent of the individuals with long-term eating disorders will die as a result of the illness. 


Natalie Kaweckyj , LDARF, CDA, CDPMA, COMSA, CPFDA, CRFDA, MADAA, BA  has worked in the dental assisting profession as an administrator, a clinician, and an educator.  She is currently a Licensed Dental Assistant in Restorative Functions, Certified Dental Assistant, Certified Dental Practice Management Administrator, Certified Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Assistant, Certified Orthodontic Assistant, Certified Preventive Functions Assistant, Certified Restorative Functions dental Assistant, and a Master of the American Dental Assistants Association, and holds several expanded function certificates.  Natalie graduated from an ADA accredited dental assisting program at Concorde Career Institute and graduated with a BA in Biology and Psychology from Metropolitan State University.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology through Independence University.


Natalie is currently serving as ADAA President (2017-2018).  She has served in many capacities at the local and state levels of her state association, and is a past ADAA Secretary, Seventh District Trustee, ADAA President 2010-2011 and past Director to the ADAA Foundation. She is currently serving as Vice President on the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF). In addition to her association duties, Natalie is very involved legislatively with her state board of dentistry and state legislature in the expansion of the dental assisting profession.    She has authored several other courses on a wide variety of topics for the ADAA and is a speaker on dental topics locally and nationally.


After completing this course, the dental professional should be able to:

• List the physical characteristics of anorexia nervosa.
• Recognize the clinical evidence of bulimia nervosa.
• Understand the etiology of the common eating disorders.
• Describe the differences and similarities between anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.
• Identify the medical consequences of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
• Outline the treatment protocols for anorexia nervosa.
• Understand the differences between the three forms of bulimia nervosa.
• Recognize the potential medical complications of the binge eating disorder. 
• Summarize the signs of compulsive overeating disorder. 
• Define Unofficial Eating Disorder.
• Identify warning signs of anorexia athletica and describe common medical complications.
• Recognize the potential nutritional consequences in baryophobia.
• Identify the signs and symptoms of othorexia nervosa.
• Describe the etiology of pica and understand potential medical complications of the disorder.
• Recognize the various food behaviors in children.
• Define nutritional consequences with food avoidance emotional disorder.
• Recite the potential dental concerns with selective eating disorder.
• Explain how other food related disorders are similar to the most commonly diagnosed eating disorders – anorexia and bulimia nervosa.
• Name behaviors associated with body dismorphic disorder.
• Give examples of the various phobias related to food and eating.
• List symptoms of the night eating disorder.
• Describe pervasive refusal syndrome.
• Understand Prader-Willi syndrome.
• Prepare advice that can be offered to prevent eating disorders.
• Compare and contrast different methods in the delivery of fluoride.
• Outline tips on caring for the oral cavity for patients suspected of having an eating disorder.


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of the course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.


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