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Anorexia Nervosa
Created by udent on 2/2/2008 12:00:00 AM

Aneroxia Nervosa is a psychophysiologic disorder characterized by excessive dieting and denial of hunger leading to weight loose. It is usually found among white females between ages 12-35.


What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Aneroxia Nervosa is a psychophysiologic disorder characterized by excessive dieting and denial of hunger leading to weight loose. It is usually found among white females between ages 12-35.


What are the signs? aneroxia.jpg

  • Loss of a significant amount of weight.
  • Continuing to diet although thin.
  • Intense fear of becoming obese.
  • Loss of monthly menstrual periods.
  • Lowered blood pressure, body temperature, and pulse.
  • Weakness and exhaustion.
  • Growth of fine body hair on arms, legs and other body parts.
  • Depression and anxiety.  


What are the medial and dental consequences?

  • Enlarged salivary glands.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Rampant caries from dry mouth and vomiting.
  • Enamel erusion and hypersensitivity.
  • Burning sensation of the tongue.
  • Shrunken organs.
  • Loss of bone mineral which can lead to osteoporosis.
  • Irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiac arrest.
  • 9% Mortality rate.  


Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa?

The combination of psycotherapy and medication is the best approach to treat the disorder, hospitilization might be required to treat the medial complication associated with it. Dental treatment will include:

  • Appropriate home care such as brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
  • Dental Exam at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and oral examination.
  • Fluoride applications to prevent further erosion and decrease teeth sensitivity.
  • Use of Artificial saliva to decrease dry mouth.
  • Rinsing mouth with water immediately after vomiting.
  • Restorative and esthetic treatment.
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