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Limitations of review findings

  • The review findings are limited by the small number of studies included, and in particular by varying definitions of dental neglect
  • A number of authors elected to examine children who have been identified as suffering from physical abuse or neglect but did not specify dental neglect
  • Studies of dental neglect are prone to circularity as children are rarely independently assessed by child protection services; rather the definition of dental neglect relies on the dental features being examined

 

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