DENTAL NEGLECT- A REVIEWDr. Amit Kumar*
Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Amit Kumar
Bangalore Institute of Dental Sciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560029, India, E-mail: [email protected], Tel: 080 2592 2720
Received: 01 April 2015 Accepted: 30 April 2015
Although neglect is generally viewed as less „dramatic? than other forms of abuse, the effect can be just as severe. Neglect, in general, and dental neglect, in particular, are the least known and detected types of abuse, even though they are the most frequent ones. In addition to poor oral health, dental neglect is associated with increased oral functional limitations and social and physical disabilities. Tools used for the measurement of dental neglect are Dental Neglect Scale and Dental Indifference Scale. The concept of dental neglect may allow a better understanding of the complex relationship between individual behaviour, environmental factors and dental diseases. Collaborative efforts between different dental disciplines can unravel the true dental scenario and help to develop appropriate policies and programmes. Dental neglect should be considered a priority for future research.This review explores the various aspects of dental neglectand provides recommendations.