Safeguarding children in dentistry: 2. Do paediatric dentists neglect child dental neglect?
Harris, J. C. (Jenny C.), Elcock, C. (Claire), Sidebotham, Peter and Welbury, Richard. (2009) Safeguarding children in dentistry: 2. Do paediatric dentists neglect child dental neglect? British Dental Journal, Vol.20 (No.9). pp. 465-470. ISSN 0007-0610
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.356
* Discusses dental neglect in relation to a contemporary UK understanding of good practice in safeguarding children.
* Managing dental neglect is part of daily practice for many paediatric dentists.
* Acknowledges that preventive dentistry and good communication with families already contribute to promoting child welfare.
* Recommends that dentists should communicate more often with other health and social care professionals.
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.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RK Dentistry
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School > Health Sciences > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Medical personnel -- In-service training -- Great Britain, Teeth -- Care and hygiene, Dental health education, Child welfare -- Information services, Children -- Services for|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Dental Journal|
|Publisher:||Nature Publishing Group|
|Official Date:||May 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 465-470|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|Funder:||Great Britain. Dept. of Health (DoH), British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN)|
# HM Government. Working together to safeguard children. London: The Stationery Office, 2006. http://www.everychildmatters.gov.uk
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