Your Patients’ Mouth Could Signal Abuse, Neglect

Could the bitemarks, swollen lips or severely decayed teeth in your patient be related to child abuse or neglect?

A clinical report from the Academy and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry aims to help pediatric and dental providers review the signs and symptoms of the multiple kinds of maltreatment that manifest in the mouth.

Craniofacial, head, face and neck injuries make up more than half of child abuse cases, according to the updated report. New in this version are warnings that victims of bullying and human trafficking also can have oral health conditions indicative of abuse.

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Similarly, recognize signs of bullying from teeth grinding – read more here.