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Domestic Violence: Battered Patients, Bite Marks and Bad Dentistry
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This course will inform the dental team of signs of domestic violence and symptoms that the team needs to know and how to respond to assist patients. Bite marks are an area where recognition of a patterned injury by law enforcement or emergency room personnel may require further analysis by a trained odontologist. The course will show several cases of dental malpractice and emphasize why good record keeping and proper documentation of new patients can assist you and your patients.

This course covers:

  • The history of domestic violence and how it has evolved from acceptable discipline to sometimes criminal acts
  • The types of abuse and how to interpret injuries pathognomonic for abuse
  • The significance of injuries to the head and neck
  • Why bite marks are so significant in abuse cases
  • The signs and symptoms exhibited by an abused person
  • How child, intimate partner, elder and special needs abuse are interrelated
  • The scourge of human trafficking both in the US and worldwide
  • The signs and symptoms of a human trafficking victim/situation both in your office or neighborhood

WARNING: This program contains discussion and graphic representation of violence that may be disturbing to some participants. Viewer discretion is advised.

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