PEDO 630

Clinical Pediatric Dentistry

Director: Mariella Garcia

1 Credit Per Quarter, 7 Credits Total , Quarters 9-15*

Course Objective

Students gain educational experiences in comprehensive clinical pediatric dentistry through a variety of pediatric dentistry experiences. The following rotations are required of all third and fourth year students in the following settings:

  • Pediatric Dentistry Clinic on campus for one half day a week for a total of two quarters;
  • At one of the many community sites for one two week extramural rotation during the fourth year of dental school. These sites are in Seattle, Bellingham, Yakima, Toppenish, Grandview and Spokane.

*This rotation is offered multiple quarters.

Educational Objectives

The student will gain knowledge in the clinical practice of Pediatric dentistry. The objectives will be for the student to be able to (1) recognize and explain the difference between primary and permanent teeth, particularly as they affect appropriate clinical protocol used, and provide treatment accordingly, (2) recognize and explain the relative merits and uses of specific instruments and dental biomaterials as they apply to dental restorations involving pediatric patients, and provide treatment accordingly, (3) recognize and explain the specific steps involved in restoring primary and young permanent teeth with stainless steel crowns, composite and glass ionomer materials, and provide therapy accordingly, (4) recognize and explain the specific steps involved in providing pulp therapy for primary and immature permanent teeth, and provide treatment accordingly, (5) perform caries risk assessment and recognize and explain preventive strategies for children, including diet assessment and counseling, fluoride therapy, sealants, oral hygiene techniques and other approaches, and provide appropriate clinical care and counseling, (6) explain the procedures for providing care for traumatically involved primary and young permanent teeth, (7) recognize and explain the principles involved in assessment and treatment of space management problems, and (8) recognize, explain, and demonstrate sound principles of patient management for pediatric patients.

Course Expectations

To successfully meet the requirements of this course, the student’s clinical performance is observed, guided, and evaluated during all clinical sessions. At the end of each session, the student’s competence is recorded in the departmental records. The clinical judgment of the student is evaluated by faculty observations during patient care and clinical discussions before and after patient care for each session.

Competencies Addressed

  • UWSOD Competency 1: Examine a patient using contemporary diagnostic methods to evaluate the head and neck region and to reach a diagnosis of the patient’s oral and craniofacial health status.
  • UWSOD Competency 3: Formulate a comprehensive treatment plan based on diagnostic findings, then implement treatment in a safe, properly sequenced and timely manner.
  • UWSOD Competency 4: Provide patient education in the prevention of oral diseases to promote oral and general health.
  • UWSOD Competency 6: Manage acute and chronic orofacial and dental pain.
  • UWSOD Competency 7: Manage pulpal and periradicular disease.
  • UWSOD Competency 8: Manage dental emergencies.
  • UWSOD Competency 10: Prescribe and administer pharmacological agents for patient care.
  • UWSOD Competency 13: Assess the dentition to determine the need for orthodontic treatment.
  • UWSOD Competency 14: Manage periodontal diseases.
  • UWSOD Competency 15: Assess the teeth and supporting structures and provide preventive services.
  • UWSOD Competency 17: Manage replacement of teeth for the partially or completely edentulous patient.
  • UWSOD Competency 23: Apply the principles of behavioral science that pertain to patient-centered oral health care.
  • UWSOD Competency 25: Manage a diverse patient population and have the interpersonal and communication skills to function successfully in a multicultural work environment.


*last updated: 11/7/2011

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