Child abuse: a survey of ASDC members and a diagnostic-data-assessment for dentists

ASDC J Dent Child. 1991 Sep-Oct;58(5):361-6.


Survey results on the subject of child abuse from the American Society of Dentistry for Children membership are reported. The survey results reflected the need of a documentation protocol for the dental office. A protocol is proposed which reviews the need of thorough assessment of orofacial lesions before concluding that child abuse exists. A data- and diagnostic-assessment form has been made using guidelines of the American Dental Association and other related referenced articles. The diagnostic-assessment form is presented to guide the practitioner through the documentation process and to develop a step-by-step decision on the probability of child abuse in any individual case.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Dental Care
  • Dentist-Patient Relations
  • Documentation
  • Humans
  • Mouth / injuries
  • Pediatric Dentistry*
  • Photography
  • Professional-Family Relations
  • Radiography
  • Skin / injuries
  • United States