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Dental Trauma and Child Abuse

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Examination
General assessment
Do they seem to be in pain as they walk into your
room or climb into the dental chair? If yes, ribs could
be injured or bones fractured.
Do they appear uncomfortable as they sit down?
if yes, indicate sexual abuse.
Check for facial symmetry - are there swellings,
bruises or other types of injuries from trauma?

Observe their hands. Are there burns from cigarettes,
lighters or "glove-like" burns from immersion in a hot
liquid?

Kurtz-Weidinger, D., The Dental Team's Responsibility In Reporting Child Abuse And Neglect. Arizona Department Of Health
Services, 2004.

 
 
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