CHILD ABUSE AND TOOTH TRAUMA

CHILD ABUSE AND TOOTH TRAUMA

Child abuse is a physical/psychological and sexual maltreatment of a child particularly by a parent or a caregiver.

Various children around India even today face these kinds of abuse that affecting them both physically and mentally.

Among various kinds of abuse, children are facing physical abuse, a non-accidental act or behaviour causing injury trauma or bodily harm. Facial injuries are more prevalent in physical child abuse and account for about 50% of overall body injuries.

How can you identify?

  • A child facing facial injury during an abuse, he/she will get their teeth traumatized/knocking out indicating a blunt trauma at the site.
  • Tooth discolouration is an indication of repeated trauma.
  • Stages of healing will be different for each injury, there will be no uniform healing of all wounds.

Prevelence of dental injuries in physical abuse”:

Fractured teeth-32%

Fracture of upper/lower jaw-11%

Though in India, the child is considered as a gift of God, child abuse is still common especially in remote and tribal areas.

However, child abuse cases are not reported due to lack of awareness.

Various laws and NGO’s are working against child abuse in India.

STOP CHILD ABUSE!!! LET THE CHILD SMILE BIG!!!

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