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Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry

Course Director: Anna Forsyth
Credits: 2
Quarters/Yr of Program: Spring / 2

Course Overview

Using lectures and laboratory sessions, this course introduces students to the main clinical aspects of pediatric dentistry. By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of pediatric dentistry and be ready to provide clinical pediatric dental care in the pediatric dentistry clerkship.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the role of pediatric dentistry in the overall well-being of children.
2. Identify the types of behavior guidance in pediatric dentistry.
3. Describe effective communication with families, including professional awareness of diversity and cultural competency.
4. Describe care modifications and accommodations used to provide dental care for children with special healthcare needs.
5. Explain the risk factors for early childhood caries.
6. Describe current guidelines for fluoride therapy.
7. Describe the evidence-based use of pit and fissure sealants.
8. Describe the chronology of the development of human dentition.
9. Describe the concepts for the use of space maintenance.
10. Demonstrate basic concepts of cavity preparation in the primary dentition.
11. Describe indications for rubber dam utilization in pediatric dentistry.
12. Describe the restorative dental materials in pediatric dentistry.
13. Describe the indications for use of stainless-steel-crown procedures in primary teeth.
14. Explain the use of pulp therapy in the primary dentition.
15. Determine how to use local anesthesia safely for pediatric patients.
16. Explain prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries in the primary dentition.
17. Demonstrate the technique of preparing a stainless-steel crown.
18. Demonstrate clinical preparation of primary molar pulpotomy. 19. Calculate dosages of medications used in dentistry for pediatric patients.

UWSOD Competencies: C-10, CE-02, C-03, CE-06, C-06, C-05, C-11, C-30, C-12, C-13, C-31, C-16, C-17, C-04, C-08, C-15, C-18, C-26, C-19, C-23, C-27

Date last updated: 2024-03-09


Dental Curriculum Threads

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics Clerkship

Course Director: Anna ForsythBurcu Bayirli
Credits: 8
Quarters/Yr of Program: Autumn, Winter, Spring / 3

Course Overview

Pediatric DentistryThis clerkship prepares dental students to demonstrate emerging skills in comprehensive care for pediatric dental patients in the areas of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment planning at the beginner level.OrthodonticsThis clerkship prepares dental students to recognize and manage malocclusion, primarily by diagnosing and treatment planning malocclusions.

Learning Objectives

The student who successfully completes this course will be able to:

1. Diagnose treatment needs for pediatric patients.2. Demonstrate charting medical and dental information relevant to pediatric patient care.3. Prescribe radiographic images of pediatric patients following AAPD guidelines.4. Interpret radiographic images of pediatric patients.5. Practice caries risk assessment according to AAPD guidelines.6. Provide individualized patient anticipatory guidance according to AAPD guidelines.
7. Provide non-pharmacologic behavior management for pediatric patients following the AAPD guidelines.8. Administer pain control with the appropriate use of local anesthetics in pediatric patients.9. Diagnose correct indications for pulp therapy in primary and young permanent teeth according to AAPD guidelines.10. Formulate treatment plans for dental trauma of the primary and young permanent teeth according to AAPD guidelines.11. Prescribe common pediatric medications used in dentistry following AAPD guidelines.12. Demonstrate diagnosis and treatment planning of dental care for pediatric patients with special care needs.13. Complete accurate and timely chart documentation and record keeping.14. Evaluate dental development, morphology, tooth eruption, and related pathologies.15. Formulate dental and orthodontic treatment plans that may include referral to specialists to best meet patient needs.16. Recognize malocclusion and the need for orthodontic treatment.17. Evaluate growth, development, and management of the developing occlusion.

UWSOD Competencies: C-01, C-04, C-06, C-07, C-11, C-12, C-13, C-14, C-15, C-17, C-18, C-19, C-23, C-27, C-30, CE-05

Date last updated: 2023-09-19