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Dentists First to Find Eating Disorders in Patients

February 17th, 2009 · No Comments

eating-disorder-girlNational Eating Disorders Awareness Week begins Monday, February 22nd. This sounds like a medical issue, but the ADA tells us that dentists are often the first to detect eating disorders in patients. DentalBlogs interviewed Dr. Max Anderson, Dental Affairs Advisor for Delta Dental, to learn what dentists should watch for, how to address concerns with patients, and where to find resources for staff and patient education. Download the 11-minute MP3 here:


For more information, check out these resources:

American Dietetic Association

British Dental Journal

dr-andersonDr. Max Anderson received his dental degree from the University of Nebraska (1976), his Master of Science in Restorative Dentistry form The University of Michigan (1983) and his Master of Education from George Washington University (1988).  He completed a career in the United States Navy in 1990 and has served on the faculty of the University of Washington and Indiana University.  He served as the Vice President and Dental Director of Washington Dental Service (WDS) a Delta Dental Plan, in Seattle, Washington from 1994 through 2004.  His primary research and academic interests are in the management of dental diseases through treating these diseases as bacterial infections and in the analysis of insurance treatment data to identify best practices on risk adjusted populations.  He is currently actively consulting regarding risk assessed evidence based dental plan designs, health outcomes.

Dr. Anderson continues his active role in the professional organizations and public service with a primary focus on operative dentistry and cariology.  He is actively engaged in research activities at the University of California at Los Angeles where he is researching mechanisms to eradicate dental caries through intelligent drug design.  He is the representative to the American Dental Association’s Code Revision Committee (CDT-2007 & CDT- 2009) for Delta Dental Plans Association and a member of its Dental Policy Committee and Chairs the ADA’s Standards Committee on Dental Informatics Subcommittee on the dental extension of the Continuity of Care Record.  He is the President & CEO of C3 Jian, Inc. a California based biotechnology company developing targeted antimicrobial drugs.

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