Dental neglect is defined as an intentional failure of the caretaker in the pursuit and continuity of necessary treatment to achieve an oral health that allows adequate function, free from pain and infection.
We intend to clarify, according to the current scientific literature, the clinical indications for the identification of dental neglect in children.
After the search in databases and search engines with the keywords "child", "dental" and "neglect", between 1996 and 2016, the results revealed that identifying this condition requires not only a detailed clinical history and clinical data that clearly show the lack of oral health care but also investigating the social and parental determinants in which the child is involved.
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Thus, inserting the dentist in teams of analysis in case of suspicion proves to be indispensable for the detection of this and other situations of abuse.
Child neglect is generally defined as a persistent inability to meet the basic physical and/or psychological needs of the child and is likely to cause serious damage to the child’s development or health.
Ana Sofia Baptista / Elisa Laranjo / Ana Alves Norton / David Casimiro de Andrade / Cristina Areias / Ana Paula Macedo