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Paediatric dento-facial infections – a potential tool for identifying children at risk of neglect?

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  • Acute dento-facial/ cervico-facial infection in children may be an indicator of wider neglect.

  • 40.7% of children presenting dento-facial / cervico-facial infection were already know to social services.

  • More than 50% of children presenting with dento-facial infection were between 5-8 years old, suggesting this group is at greater risk of dental neglect

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The authors thank the child safeguarding team at King's College Hospital for their support and contribution to this work and Juli Davis for her help with the figures.

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Schlabe, J., Kabban, M., Chapireau, D. et al. Paediatric dento-facial infections – a potential tool for identifying children at risk of neglect?. Br Dent J 225, 757–761 (2018).

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