Did you know that dentists are often the first healthcare professional a victim of domestic abuse visits after a violent attack?
Dentists are trained to recognise gum disease, decay and even oral cancer, but do they know how to spot the signs of domestic abuse?
Each week, two women and one man, is killed by a current or former partner in the UK. Broken teeth and injuries to the jaw could be a sign of domestic abuse alongside:
- Facial bruising
- Injuries to the neck
- Signs of strangulation
- Hair loss
- A sign of healing fractures on x-rays.
There could also be non-physical signs such as their partner speaking on their behalf, high levels of anxiety, delays in seeking treatment and always being accompanied by their partner.
Here at Arch, our Pathfinder projects educates dental professionals on the signs of domestic abuse and how to support patients they feel might be at risk.
So far we have trained 142 dental professionals in Stoke-on-Trent alone, including reception staff, orthodontists and dental nurses. If you would like to find out more please give us a call on 01782 205500.