Dentists, as a member of the health profession team, have the opportunity to assist in the prevention and/or reoccurrence of abuse and neglect of children. This needed assistance is categorized and described below:
Dentists can be a major force in the secondary and tertiary prevention of dental neglect through the effective education of parents and children who are either at risk or where it has been determined that dental neglect of a child exists.
The following education or re-education of dental students and dentists, respectively, should be the focus of dental institutions and local and state dental associations:
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