Safeguarding children in dentistry: 2. Do paediatric dentists neglect child dental neglect?

Br Dent J. 2009 May 9;206(9):465-70. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.356.


In this second part of a two-part report, further findings of a postal questionnaire sent in March 2005 to dentists with an interest in paediatric dentistry working in varied UK settings are presented and discussed in the context of current multi-agency good practice in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Using insights gained from a survey of self-reported management of children with neglected dentitions, this paper explores whether paediatric dentists neglect child dental neglect. The authors conclude that current practice already includes much that contributes to promoting children's oral health and wellbeing. However, in a society where children continue to suffer as a result of abuse and neglect, they warn that improvements are needed in communication between dentists and other health and social care professionals if children's welfare is to be safeguarded and promoted effectively and future tragedies avoided.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child
  • Child Abuse / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse / prevention & control
  • Child Abuse / therapy
  • Child Welfare*
  • Communication
  • Dental Care for Children*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Oral Health
  • Pediatric Dentistry*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Social Work
  • Tooth Diseases / diagnosis
  • Tooth Diseases / prevention & control
  • Tooth Diseases / therapy
  • United Kingdom