Severe tooth decay in children could be symptom of wider neglect, experts warn

Children found to have severe dental decay should be referred to NHS safeguarding teams because it may be an indicator of wider neglect at home, experts have warned.

Researchers at King’s College Hospital in London said untreated tooth pain should “ring alarm bells” for any clinician.

The team discovered that 40 per cent of children who needed dental or maxillofacial surgery due to dental decay were known to social services. The findings have led to a new process at King’s College Hospital A&E unit for children admitted with dental infections, which sees them assessed for child neglect and referred to a safeguarding team if necessary……..Read More