Dental Curriculum Threads

Pediatric Dentistry

Course Director: Mariella Garcia & Travis Nelson
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, dental anomalies, radiography, anesthesia, restorative procedures, pulpal therapy, space maintenance and traumatic dental injuries in the primary and permanent dentitions.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Describe the role of clinical pediatric dentistry in the overall and oral health of children
  2. Describe the chronology of the development of human dentition
  3. Explain the risk factors for and prevention of early childhood caries
  4. Describe current guidelines for infant and toddler oral health care
  5. Describe current guidelines for fluoride therapy
  6. Describe the evidence-based use of pit and fissure sealants
  7. Demonstrate basic concepts of cavity preparation in the primary dentition
  8. Describe and demonstrate rubber dam utilization in pediatric dentistry
  9. Explain the selection of restorative dental materials in pediatric dentistry
  10. Describe the rationale for and demonstrate the use of stainless steel crown procedures
  11. Explain the use pulpal therapy and pulpotomy procedures in the primary dentition
  12. Explain the use of endodontics in the primary dentition
  13. Describe issues of local anesthesia in pediatric patients
  14. Explain special issues in conscious sedation and general anesthesia for pediatric patients
  15. Describe the use of surgery for the primary dentition
  16. Describe and apply concepts of space maintenance
  17. Explain prevention and treatment of traumatic injuries and problems due to oral habits
  18. Describe current evidence-based guidelines for prophylactic antibiotic regimens for pediatric dental procedures
  19. Identify common oral lesions and recommended treatment for common oral lesions
  20. Describe and apply principles for communicating with parents, diversity, and cultural competency.

UWSOD Competencies: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 13, 14, 15

Date last updated: 2018-03-16