dental neglect

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den·tal ne·glect

(dentăl nĕg-lekt)
The term describing the decision to not obtain dental care.
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Dental neglect can have long lasting impact on Oral health: (4,5)
Depending upon the reported symptoms (4,9) and adverse events such as previous attendance with tooth ache, episodes of severe infection, repeated antibiotic treatment in spite of parental awareness, erratic food habits, lack of direct supervision of working parents lead to diagnosis of dental neglect.
As parents are well educated, depending upon the level of concern, following policy document (4) on dental neglect, preventive single agency intervention (4,8) was done.
Although dental caries is a preventable disease, its presence per se, even in children with extremely high caries can't be regarded as dental neglect. Many factors like individual susceptibility, type of previous dental care, parents awareness, access to dental services and treatment, regional and social inequalities, children competence to consent to or refuse dental treatment must be considered before coming to the diagnosis of dental neglect.
When dental neglect has been recognized, it is essential to remember that the welfare of child is the paramount consideration.
The dentists' attitude in reporting the dental neglect is worrisome in India due to uncertainty about the diagnosis & fear of litigation.
British Society of Pediatric Dentistry: A Policy On Dental Neglect In Children.