Dental Curriculum Threads

Introduction to Pediatric Dentistry

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

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to clinical pediatric dentistry, including behavior management, oral diagnosis, preventive dentistry, radiography, anesthesia, restorative procedures, pulp therapy, space maintenance, and traumatic dental injuries in the primary and permanent dentition.

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. Describe current American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines for infant and toddler oral health care.
6. Explain the risk factors for early childhood caries.
7. Describe current guidelines for fluoride therapy.
8. Describe the evidence-based use of pit and fissure sealants.
9. Describe the chronology of the development of human dentition.
10. Describe the concepts for the use of space maintenance.
11. Demonstrate basic concepts of cavity preparation in the primary dentition.
12. Describe indications for rubber dam utilization in pediatric dentistry.
13. Describe the restorative dental materials in pediatric dentistry.
14. Describe the rationale for the use of stainless-steel-crown procedures.
15. Explain the use of pulp therapy in the primary dentition.
16. Determine how to use local anesthesia safely and effectively in pediatric patients.
17. Describe the indications for procedural sedation and general anesthesia for pediatric patients.
18. Explain prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries.
19. Demonstrate the technique of preparing a stainless steel crown.
20. Demonstrate clinical preparation of primary molar pulpotomy.
21. Calculate dosages of medications used in dentistry for pediatric patients.

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

Date last updated: 2021-04-03