Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral conditions, if left untreated, can cause pain, infection, and loss of function. On Friday, Trey Hoyumpa, a mother in Stroudsburg, Pa. A 14-year-old was suspended for his “annoying” haircut, but his mother says there is a bigger problem The family of the 13-year-old boy who was driving a van in a Texas accident in which nine died, including college golfers from New Mexico, “lost everything in a fire late last year, according to a local pastor.
Dentistsare also advised to look for ligature marks or handprints around the neck that may indicate choking.
I don't understand how it can be mandatory to take a child to the dentist and have fillings made when a parent may not be able to afford it. For example, earlier this year, a pediatric dentist in Pennsylvania4 reported that parents had not gotten help for 14 abscessed teeth from their 6-year-old son. The dentist (I hope) would not have the authority to verify that the mother was telling the truth when she said she was going to another dentist to get a second opinion. Dentists who suspect abuse based on these observations should file a report with appropriate authorities, such as local or state youth service agencies.
It would be the role of the dentist to give information about treatment and teach parents and children about proper oral care, but other than that, I don't see what needs to be reported. I have had two dentists who have looked at their records agree that the change in fluoridated waiter is the most likely culprit and there have been numerous reports of the number of cavities in children shooting up across the city. I read somewhere else that she never actually told the first dentist (even though her office tried to contact her) that she was going somewhere else. I don't agree with those who say it was wrong not to tell the old dentist that they were going somewhere else.
While the dentist is in the operating room or in the office, the front desk staff has a keen eye in the waiting room and can watch how parents treat their children there. Kostelac-Cherry also says that dentists should try to have a witness present when they ask children about their medical history, including the origins of suspicious injuries. I would be very suspicious of any dentist who claimed that my son had nine cavities, that would be remarkably rare. Bordonaro encourages other dentists that it is normal that when learning the profession they have a kind of doubt, wondering if reporting is the right thing to do, but then, just make sure you move on because you are acting in the interests of both parties.
Social workers in the child services department were also able to determine that the child never received the antibiotics prescribed by the pediatric dentist.