Home HealthTopics Health Centers Reference Library Research
Join us on Facebook Join us on Facebook Share on Facebook

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids

Dental neglect



A parent does not take a 4 year old child with severe decay and pain to the dentist for treatment. Is this considered neglect in Ohio?What should a concerned adult do?


Failure to maintain a child's oral health leading to chronic pain may constitute child neglect in Ohio. The parent may need help finding financial resources or a dentist to see the child. The local child protective services agency can provide assistance. The following web site provides contact information for each county in Ohio: http://www.pcsao.org/links.htm


For more information:

Go to the Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Dennis J McTigue, DDS Dennis J McTigue, DDS
Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University