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Am J Public Health. 2008 Dec;98(12):2181-2. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.120063. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Oral health status of refugee torture survivors seeking care in the United States.

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  • 1Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Boston University, Boston, MA 02118, USA.


We assessed the oral health status of 216 refugee torture survivors seeking care at an urban torture treatment center in the United States. Results showed that patients' dental health ranged from poor to fair; 76% had untreated cavities, and approximately 90% required immediate or near-immediate dental care. Torture treatment centers, in addition to offering safe environments for educating and examining patients, are ideal settings to provide basic oral health services without the risk of retraumatization.

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