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Trauma-Informed Care and Oral Health

Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, can have a significant impact on the health of individuals across the lifespan. Understanding the role of childhood adversity and trauma—including experiences of abuse and neglect—on outcomes allows practitioners to implement prevention and treatment strategies that enhance the provision of oral health care. These recommendations were created to provide a background on childhood adversity and trauma; outline their connection to oral health outcomes; and describe methods that dentists and other oral health professionals can embed in their practice, teaching, and research to promote health in all domains: physical, mental, and social-emotional. This information can serve as the first step in assisting dentists in promoting trauma-informed and trauma-responsive care throughout their practices and in the oral health community at large.

Download PDF: Trauma-Informed Care and Oral Health: Recommendations for Practitioners