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Implications for practice

  • Oral cavity must be examined in all cases of suspected physical abuse
  • Paediatricians should be aware of features of primary and secondary dentition, and the likely ages at which they are present
    • If any abnormalities are found, seek dental opinion
  • Anywhere in the oral cavity can be injured abusively
  • The lips are the commonest recorded site of abusive injury (not torn frenum) although it is not always clear how often the oral cavity was examined


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