The Dental Provider's Role in Identifying Child Abuse


Learning objectives

  • List at least three examples of oral trauma that may be caused by physical or sexual abuse.
  • Identify at least two oral infections that may be the result of a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Identify atypical behaviors of the patient or caregiver that may be an attempt to cover up signs of abuse.
  • Observe outward bodily signs of abuse in patients.
  • Discern dental neglect from inability to pay.
  • Decide on appropriate steps to take if and when a patient exhibits signs of abuse. Notify the appropriate authorities or organizations if abuse is suspected.
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