Identification: Neglect

Neglect is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Physical/behavioral indicators include:

General Neglect27,28

  • Constant hunger
  • Lack of supervision
  • Fatigue or listlessness
  • Unattended medical needs
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Inappropriate or inadequate clothing

Dental Neglect17,29

  • Untreated rampant caries easily detected by a lay person
  • Untreated pain, infection, bleeding, or trauma affecting the orofacial region
  • History of lack of continuity of care in the presence of identified dental pathology