Oral and dental aspects of child abuse and neglect

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, SECTION ON ORAL HEALTH, COMMITTEE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, COUNCIL ON CLINICAL AFFAIRS, COUNCIL ON SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS, AD HOC WORK GROUP ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

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In all 50 states, health care providers (including dentists) are mandated to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect to social service or law enforcement agencies. The purpose of this report is to review the oral and dental aspects of physical and sexual abuse and dental neglect in children and the role of pediatric care providers and dental providers in evaluating such conditions. This report addresses the evaluation of bite marks as well as perioral and intraoral injuries, infections, and diseases that may raise suspicion for child abuse or neglect. Oral health issues can also be associated with bullying and are commonly seen in human trafficking victims. Some medical providers may receive less education pertaining to oral health and dental injury and disease and may not detect the mouth and gum findings that are related to abuse or neglect as readily as they detect those involving other areas of the body. Therefore, pediatric care providers and dental providers are encouraged to collaborate to increase the prevention, detection, and treatment of these conditions in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20171487
JournalPediatrics
Volume140
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, SECTION ON ORAL HEALTH, COMMITTEE ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT, AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, COUNCIL ON CLINICAL AFFAIRS, COUNCIL ON SCIENTIFIC AFFAIRS, AD HOC WORK GROUP ON CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (2017). Oral and dental aspects of child abuse and neglect. Pediatrics, 140(2), [e20171487]. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2017-1487