Dental and Medical Problems

Dent Med Probl
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Dental and Medical Problems

2016, vol. 53, nr 2, April-June, p. 296–298

doi: 10.17219/dmp/62337

Publication type: clinical case

Language: English

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Diagnosis of Child Abuse in Pediatric Dentistry – a Case Report

Diagnozowanie przemocy wobec dzieci w stomatologii dziecięcej – opis przypadku

Tamara Pawlaczyk-Kamieńska1,C,D, Maria Borysewicz-Lewicka1,D,E,F

1 Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Poznań, Poland


The paper highlights the dentist’s role in detecting child abuse, as well as the necessity to create a system of medical and legal support in such situations. On the basis of the presented case of sexual abuse, showing itself in the oral cavity, we want to emphasize the duty of the dentist team to take action in the situation a child experiences, and to prevent a recurrence. A patient aged 5 years old reported to the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Medical Sciences to have her teeth treated. During the physical examination performed on the day the patient reported to the clinic, bruising was noted around the upper lip. The girl confessed she was kissed by a drunk neighbor, which resulted in the lip discoloration. Following an appropriate conduct procedure, the dentist informed the police who initiated explanatory proceedings. Identification of sexual abuse victims and providing help is a duty of the dentist, apart from treating oral diseases. It is important to develop standard procedures for medical professionals of various specialties as well as programs and procedures for administrative units and the national legal system.

Key words

violence, dentist, abused child

Słowa kluczowe

przemoc, dentysta, dziecko maltretowane

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