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The Role of the DentistFrom the Canadian Dental Association, this article by Michael Wiseman, DDS, FASGD, M RCS(Edin) details how "dentists are in an ideal position to identify and signal suspected abuse, as they perform a thorough examination of the head and neck region and generally see their patients twice a year. Good communication skills are necessary to improve dialogue with the patient. This article is intended to provide the dentist with tools to identify abuse and a decision tree to manage and monitor the suspected abused elder. With increased awareness, dentists will play an important role in helping  protect seniors from abuse."