Child Abuse Awareness in the Dental Profession

Nov. 20, 2015
Child abuse awareness and reporting within the dental profession

A Peer-Reviewed Publication Written by Richard H. Nagelberg, DDS


Children who have been physically or sexually abused or who experience medical/dental neglect may present to a dental health professional for evaluation. It is an ethical and legal responsibility for the dental clinician examining such a child to report their findings to the appropriate child protective agency. This course provides information to help the dental professional identify child maltreatment. There is discussion of what constitutes child maltreatment, what external and intraoral signs may be seen, the past history which may suggest abuse and neglect, the risk factors that may predict maltreatment, and how to proceed when the appropriate authorities need to be notified.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will be able to:

1. Identify what constitutes child maltreatment.
2. Describe the facial and oral injuries consistent with physical child abuse.
3. Identify the oral signs that may be associated with sexual abuse.
4. Implement examination protocols that help to identify possible abuse.

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