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Inclusion criteria

See evidence sheets and critical appraisal forms for each year’s update




Children aged 0-18 completed years (17 yrs & 364 days)

Studies relating to adults 18 yrs or over, either exclusively or where relevant data cannot be extracted

Primary studies (all evidence types)

Studies of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, general neglect, where oral neglect was not present

Documenting features of oral neglect (oral, systemic, social, behavioural) in children

Studies of management or complications of dental neglect

Characteristics of parent/carer of a child with dental neglect

Studies addressing risk factors for dental neglect

Confirmation of dental neglect rank A- C2

Formal consensus/expert opinion/personal practice/review article/systematic review


Inadequate detail for oral features or parent/carer characteristics to be extracted


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