In all states, physicians and dentists recognize their responsibility to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect. The purpose of this statement is to review the oral and dental aspects of physical and sexual abuse and dental neglect and the role of physicians and dentists in evaluating such conditions. This statement also addresses the oral manifestations of sexually transmitted diseases and bite marks, including the collection of evidence and laboratory documentation of these injuries.
Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect
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Joint Statment of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Ad Hoc Work Group on Child Abuse and Neglect, JOINT STATEMENT OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY; Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Pediatrics August 1999; 104 (2): 348–350. 10.1542/peds.104.2.348
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