Mandatory reporting of oral injuries indicating possible child abuse

The Journal of the American Dental Association , 10/03/2012

The authors reviewed the criminal and civil statutes in all 50 states to determine what role dental professionals are required to play in instances of abuse or neglect. Clinicians should learn to recognize signs of abuse and neglect, which often involve injury to the mouth and dentition. Dental professionals are mandated to report such abuse to state child protection authorities.

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