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Child abuse and the role of a dentist in its identification, prevention and protection

Child trafficking, a heinous crime, pervades all spheres of society. Child abuse causes major physical and mental health problems as well as behavioral issues. Dentists are more prone to come into certain situations during the course of their professional work. However, owing to a lack of proper expertise, such cases often go unreported. Practitioners are unable to disclose this for a variety of purposes, which creates a vicious spiral that surrounds the survivor and has grave long-term repercussions. This study would compile and summarize all existing research on the position of dentists in identifying and reporting child violence through PubMed, Google Scholar, and Google search engines. The study would shed light on how to identify wrongdoing in dental environments, the different legal recourses and organizations that address the problem, and how dentists should properly prepare themselves to deal with such situations if they occur. Additionally, the study provides some guidelines on how dentists and healthcare professionals in general should properly plan for certain contingencies.

Tackling Health Disparities by Promoting Collaborations between Dental and Medical Specialty Care and Strengthening Cross-Cutting Themes

This article presents the second group in a series of publications on dental-medical cooperation in this journal that are designed to eliminate oral health inequities. This group focuses on the unique requirements of older adults and those with developmental impairments, including those with mental retardation. Despite the multitude of populations studied, five dominant themes have emerged: oral-systemic interactions are a critical part of many people’s daily lives, necessitating inter professional collaboration in health and education; decreased cognitive and motor capabilities are possible, making daily tasks more difficult; the potential absence of dental care; complex social and cultural influences; and the lack of an adequate body of knowledge on the basics of basic mechanisms and clinical interventions. There are discrepancies in the level of training of dentists, medical doctors, and other health professionals, which contributes to gaps in care. Despite the rise in the older population and the longevity of persons with developmental impairments, few programs combine multidisciplinary methods. Such persons are at risk because they can’t speak for themselves, there are financial obstacles to doing so, and cultural prejudices help perpetuate health inequities. Theses essays support new methods for teaching general dentistry, push for stronger advocacy of the populations with special needs, and push for collaborations across other healthcare fields and with community and advocacy organizations. Prevention must be a fundamental component of these improvements.