Signs and Symptoms of Elder Maltreatment for Dentists

  • Lip trauma.
  • Unexplained bruises, pressure marks, bruising of eye(s), welts, lacerations, cuts, or burns.
  • Fractured, loose, or unexplained missing teeth.
  • Ill-fitting dentures, lack of dental care, and poor dental or personal hygiene.
  • Bone fractures.
  • Sprains or dislocations.
  • Bite marks.
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames.
  • Signs of being restrained, such as rope marks.
  • Laboratory findings of medication overdose.
  • Sudden change in behavior.
  • Report of confinement or isolation.
  • Withdrawn or passive behavior.
  • Depression, agitation or anxiety.
  • Report of unexpected large withdrawals from bank account or abrupt changes in the elder’s Last Will and Testament.
  • Report of unexpected withdrawals from financial accounts or abrupt changes in the elder’s financial documents such as power of attorney forms and Last Will and Testament.
  • Unpaid dental bills.
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow visitors to see the elder alone.
  • An elder’s report of being physically abused.14,15