The US Department of Health and Human Services produces an annual report on child maltreatment.8 The Child Maltreatment report series is an important resource relied upon by thousands of researchers, practitioners, and advocates throughout the world, per the Internet. The latest report, Child Maltreatment 2015,9 outlines risk factors associated with the maltreatment of children. The principle risk factors fell into one of three categories:
The American Society for the Positive Care of Children,10 in a January, 2017 release, offers these statistics regarding child abuse within the USA for the calendar year 2015:
There continues to be an epidemic of human abuse in our society that does not show signs of slowing down. The dental practice environment can play an important role in starting to change that upward trend.