Child abuse and the role of a dentist in its identification, prevention and protection: A literature review

SINGH, Vishwendra; LEHL, Gurvanit. Child abuse and the role of a dentist in its identification, prevention and protection: A literature review. Dental Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 17, n. 3, jul. 2020. ISSN 2008-0255. Available at: <http://drj.mui.ac.ir/index.php/drj/article/view/2111>. Date accessed: 09 Jul. 2020.

Abstract

Child abuse, a reprehensible act, pervades all strata of society. Dentists are more likely to encounter
such cases in their daily practice. However, such cases usually go unreported due to lack of adequate
knowledge. Practitioners flinch from reporting these due to various reasons, and this sets up a vicious
cycle which traps the victim leading to grave long‑term consequences. This review aims to collect
all literature available on PubMed, PubMed Central, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and Google search
engines on the role of dentists in child abuse identification and information and summarize these
details. The review will shed light on the identification of abuse in dental settings, the various legal
recourses and organizations related to it, and how dentists can better equip themselves to tackle
such cases if they come across one. The review also makes certain recommendations by which
dentists and healthcare providers in general can better prepare themselves for such contingencies.

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