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Violence and Abuse: Identification and Treatment in the Oral Health Arena


As much as 75% of physical abuse involves injuries to the head, face or neck. As such, dental care providers often see the clinical conditions related to violence or abuse in children, adults and the geriatric population. For example, routine conditions such as untreated decay, facial pain, lesions in the mouth, new and old facial bruises or facial lacerations may at times be related to physical abuse or violence.

Dental and oral health professionals can play an important role in stopping cycles of abuse by identifying victims of abuse/violence and providing much-needed interventions to address this global public health epidemic.

Join us for this free webinar to learn more about the prevalence of this issue and how you can utilize a diagnostic tool to help identify signs of violence abuse in your patients. This is the first in a two-part webinar series. Save the date for the follow-up webinar on Oct. 30, 2018. We’ll discuss ways to integrate violence and abuse interventions into dental curricula.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the prevalence and impact of violence and abuse particularly as it relates to oral health.
  • Assess the importance of the dental provider in identifying and improving outcomes for victims of violence and abuse.
  • Utilize a diagnostic tool to identify patients who frequent the office to determine if their injuries are due to violence and abuse exposure.

CE Information

The American Dental Education Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider.

An evaluation form is available to participants after the conclusion of the live webinar. To earn continuing education (CE) credit for participation in the webinar, the online evaluation must be completed in full by Oct. 30, 2021. After completing the evaluation, webinar participants can print and save the CE Verification Form.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
The American Dental Education Association designates this activity for 1.0 continuing education credit.

All speakers agree that neither they nor members of their immediate family have any financial relationships with commercial entities that may be relevant to their presentation.


  • Leslie Halpern, D.D.S., M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., FACS

    Dr. Leslie Halpern received her Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology from the City University of New York, a D.D.S. from the New York University College of Dentistry and an M.D. in oral maxillofacial surgery from the New York Medical College. She has done several fellowships in basic and applied research and obtained an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Halpern is a Diplomat of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She has received grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center of Health Policy and the Harvard University Center of Excellence in Women’s Health to focus on the identification of victims of intimate partner violence using salivary biomarkers as risk predictors in the prognosis of health disparities in female victims exposed to violence and abuse. She currently serves as Professor and Section Head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Utah School of Dentistry and is co-director of the Office of Women in Health, Science and Medicine (WIHMS) at the University of Utah Medical Campus.

October 2, 2018
Tue 12:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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