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Module 3: Caries Risk Assessment

3.2 Caries Risk Assessment

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is common, especially among children. One-third of 5-year-olds have suffered injury to their primary teeth.10 All children with dental trauma should be referred to a dentist.

Dental traumaWhile dental trauma among young children is frequently the result of falls or other accidents, injuries to the teeth and oral cavity may be a consequence of physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect.11 Maryland’s State Board of Dental Examiners requires licensed oral health providers to complete a board-approved course on the orofacial aspects of child abuse and neglect once every 4 years.12

All health providers in Maryland are mandated to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect.13 If child abuse or neglect is suspected, contact your local department of social services of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. The Mid-Atlantic PANDA (Prevent Abuse and Neglect Through Dental Awareness) offers resources and training to help oral health providers and other health providers recognize and respond to signs of abuse and neglect.

Used with permission from Norman Tinanoff, D.D.S., M.S.,
University of Maryland Dental School.