The goal of pediatric dentistry is to provide preventive education for parents and children, early diagnosis, interception and repair of oral anomalies and diseases and to provide this treatment in a safe and pleasant manner. By either preventing or eliminating the disease at an earlier age we can definitely decrease the number of major oral health problems that could be the first step to a disease free world.
The Department of Paediatric & Preventive Dentistry is engaged in teaching Paediatric & Preventive Dentistry and Behavioural Science to BDS & MDS students. The vision and mission of the department is to advocate optimal oral health care of children and even those with special health care needs. Our teaching program incorporates an innovative pre-doctoral curriculum designed to provide dental students with experience in managing children’s dental care needs. Besides conducting lecture, preclinical labs are also conducted. Prevention & behavior modification are the two hall marks of Pediatric Dentistry, which makes it unique from other fields and specialties of Dentistry. Most of the dental diseases are preventable and Pediatric Dentistry believes strongly in the motto of Prevention is better than cure. Great emphasis is given to Preventive Dentistry and also in developing a positive attitude towards dentistry in the children of today.
The undergraduate training program commences in third year, and fourth year of BDS. During three months of total clinical posting, students are trained in diagnosis and treatment planning, preventive procedures like fluoride application, brushing methods, pit and fissure sealants, PRR and space maintenance etc. They also undergo training in various restorative and minor oral surgical procedures.
The post graduate program is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge of oral and dental health gained during their undergraduate training. Postgraduate training program is for a period of 3 years and aims to train the students in Preventive Pedodontics, comprehensive oral health care of children and adolescents, management of trauma, pediatric orthodontics, management of special children, behavioral psychology, and community oral health care program and to undertake active research which would add quality information to the existing literature