Since 1995, ISDS has trained dentists and the entire dental team on how to identify the signs of abuse and neglect and report a suspected situation. Illinois dentists and dental hygienists are mandated reporters of suspected abuse and neglect. Abuse and neglect know no socioeconomic boundaries, and victims can be children, adults and the elderly. Dental office staff should be comfortable with identifying and reporting suspected abuse or neglect since members of the dental team are in a prime position to help these victims.
To report a situation of suspected abuse or neglect, call the abuse hotline at 800/25-ABUSE. Additional information is available through the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
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