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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-4

Role of a dentist in discrimination of abuse from accident


1 Department of Oral Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Dental College and Hospital, Thalambur, Chennai, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Vishnu Dental College, Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

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G Sujatha
Senior Lecturer, Department of Oral Pathology, Sri Venkateswara Dental College and Hospital, Off OMR Road, Thalambur, Chennai - 603 103
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-2948.71049

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Most physical injuries resulting from abuse or violence are found on the head and neck areas that are clearly visible to the dental team during examination. Given that dental professionals routinely assess the head, face, and neck of patients, they are in a unique position to identify the signs of abuse and neglect. Involvement of a dentist in the protection team may be beneficial and can lead to early intervention. This article brings to light the importance of questioning and physical examination and the role of a dentist in identifying abuse, assault, and accident.


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