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Child Maltreatment: The Role of a Dental Professional

Course Number: 599


Through early detection and reporting, dentists have the opportunity to reduce the incidences of maltreatment of children. The goal of detecting and reporting suspected cases of abuse is not punitive toward the caregivers; rather, it is to provide for the safety and health of the children. In order to do so, dentists must be trained to identify abuse and neglect, collect and document sufficient facts to make a mandatory report, and treat child victims.