Mental disorders in the dental practice. Patients with body dysmorphic disorder: Psychische stoornissen in de mondzorgpraktijk. Patiënten met een morfodysfore stoornis

Léonie Bos, N C C Vulink, D L M Broers, M M Bildt*

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    Oral healthcare professionals are frequently consulted by patients who are dissatisfied with their teeth and/or facial looks. Sometimes, this dissatisfaction takes a pathological form. When someone is preoccupied with a (supposed) abnormality barely or not visible to others, performs certain actions in response to the concerns about their appearance and experiences significant suffering, this may be a case of body dysmorphic disorder. Its prevalence is 0.7-2.4% in the general population, but significantly higher in clinics where cosmetic or orthognathic procedures are performed (10-15%). Procedures aimed at improving the abnormality experienced by the patient rarely lead to a reduction of the symptoms, but more often result in more dissatisfaction and complaints towards the practitioner. It is difficult for practitioners to recognise this condition. An overview of characteristics, co-morbidity and consequences of body dysmorphic disorder for oral health and treatment will result in increased awareness of this condition among oral care providers.

    Translated title of the contributionMental disorders in the dental practice. Patients with body dysmorphic disorder
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)263-268
    Number of pages6
    JournalNederlands tijdschrift voor tandheelkunde
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 6-May-2021

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