Enhanced Verifiable CPD from the
University of Birmingham

Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Cosmetic Dentistry

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a serious mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance. These flaws are often unnoticeable to others. It has special importance In cosmetic dentistry, which includes treatments such as bleaching, veneers, crowns, implants, orthodontics, Botox, and fillers.

It's important for dental professionals to be aware of and recognise symptoms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Dental teams are in a key position to identify patients who may be affected by this disorder.

Relevance in Cosmetic Dentistry

Patients with BDD may frequently seek cosmetic dentistry as a 'solution' to their perceived physical imperfections. However, due to the nature of BDD, they are often left unsatisfied with cosmetic procedures, leading to a cycle of repeated treatments and potential dissatisfaction for both the patient and the dental professional.

Statistics Highlighting the Importance

Prevalence Rates: Research suggests that BDD affects about 1-2% of the global population, with similar prevalence within the UK. However, this rate is thought to be higher in cosmetic dentistry settings, possibly as much as 5%.

Suicidal Thoughts and Attempts: Studies indicate that about 80% of individuals with BDD experience suicidal thoughts, and 25% of these attempt suicide. These alarming statistics underline the importance of early detection and appropriate management in dental settings.

This course shows how Dental Professionals can identify BDD using a provided assessment tool, how to manage patients where this is suspected, and how to obtain consent and manage legislation risks.

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The aim of the learning and teaching materials in this Dentaljuce module is to allow learners to develop their professional knowledge, understanding and competence in the field of Body Dysmorphic Disorder and its relevance in Cosmetic Dentistry, in line with their identified personal learning requirements.

Course objective

  • to update the dental professional with the knowledge and tools to identify and manage Body Dysmorphic Disorder in patients seeking cosmetic dentistry.

Anticipated learning outcomes:

The learner will:
  • have knowledge of the prevalence and implications of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in cosmetic dentistry.
  • understand how to identify potential BDD patients using a provided assessment tool.
  • understand how to manage patients with suspected BDD and navigate consent and legislation risks.
  • through achieving these outcomes, provide an improved level of service to their patients.

GDC Development Outcomes
This CPD will support the learner in meeting the following GDC Development Outcome(s): C D.

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