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Mo Dent J. 1996 Nov-Dec;76(6):21-2, 24, 27.

Dentistry preventing family violence.

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  • 1Missouri Bureau of Dental Health, USA.


Dentistry has a long history of dealing with one form of family violence, child maltreatment. However, a recent national survey shows that dentists are not living up to their legal and ethical obligations to report suspected child victims. Dentistry needs to be equally concerned with adult victims of family violence--the victims of spousal abuse and elder abuse and neglect. Successful child abuse prevention programs need to expand to cover all of family violence. All health care professionals need education and awareness training to help develop the necessary attitudes to deal with all victims of family violence.

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