Pediatric Dentistry Courses

Pediatric Dentistry/Growth and Development
Pediatric Dentistry Rotations
Pediatric Dentistry Off-Site Rotation – BPS
Pediatric Dentistry Community Health Center (CHC Roation)

Course Name:Pediatric Dentistry/Growth & Development
Course Number:
387
Credits: 2
Course Director: Dr. Christina Zervou
Predoctoral Year: 2
Semester: Winter (Jan-Apr)
Time & Location: Wednesday 8am – 12pm

Text(s):
Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy through Adolescence” 4th edition, authored by Pinkham, JR, Cassamassimo, PS, Fields, HW, McTigue, DJ, and Nowak, AJ.2005, and published by Saunders.

Grading & Evaluation:
Midterm examination 50%
Final examination: 50%(1.8 credits)
Workshops/Projects: Pass/ Fail(0.2 credits)

Course Goal:
The goals of the course are to prepare the student to diagnose, evaluate, treatment plan, and treat or refer the oral diseases and conditions of children and adolescents.

Course Objectives:
The student will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of growth and development.
  • Understand the factors involved in the physical and behavioral developmentof the child with special emphasis on dental development.
  • Describe the etiology, methods of prevention and treatment of oral disease in children, especially dental caries, periodontal disease and problems due to habits.
  • Understand the value of radiographs for children, and be familiar with proper radiographic technique for the child patient.
  • Understand the basic principles of operative dentistry for primary and young permanent teeth and perform various procedures including amalgam, composite and stainless steel crowns.
  • Assess and treat pulpal problems in primary and young permanent teeth.
  • Describe oral surgical techniques for children and the use of topical and local anesthetics for the control of pain.
  • Understand the problems in treating patients with serious medical or behavioral disorders and describe the medical and dental management of these medical conditions.
  • Understand pain and anxiety control measures including behavioral management, use of drugs and medications and hospital treatment.
  • Describe the etiological factors and treatment methods for periodontal disease in children.
  • Recognize oral pathologic conditions and the most frequently seen craniofacial malformations/syndromes found in pediatric dentistry.
  • Describe the etiology and treatment procedures for occlusion and space maintenance problems.
  • Recognize and understand treatment and preventive procedures for dental injuries to primary and permanent teeth including splinting devices for avulsed teeth, and restoration of fractured anterior teeth.
  • Collect data, evaluate, diagnose and treatment plan for the child patient from infancy to adolescence.

TUSDM Competency Statements supported by Course

#1. Understand the concept of professionalism, patient confidentiality (HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, ethical behavior and the principles of jurisprudence.

#2. Understand psychosocial principles, behavior management and how to apply these skills for better patient care.

#3. Acquire and understand information in a scientific and effective manner, to assist in critical thinking and problem solving for patient care.

#4. Develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan, based on the patient’s chief complaint; dental, personal, family, social and medical (systemic disease) history; medical and dental diagnostic tests; and the results of head, neck, oral cavity and radiographic examinations.

#5. Develop a comprehensive, properly sequenced treatment plan and alternative plans based on all diagnostic data. The plans should include addressing chief complaint, emergency care and referral for systemic disease, prevention, periodontal care, endodontic care, restorative/prosthodontic care, maintenance and recall.

#6. Communicate the treatment plan to the patient, including diagnostic alternatives, patient concerns, risks, prognosis, time requirements, fees and payment plan options and obtain a writing informed consent.

#7. Manage oral (pupal, periodontal or traumatic) or medical emergencies including performing CPR and activating local life support systems (EMS) and/or make appropriate referrals to medical and dental specialties.

#9. Identify and prescribe appropriate pharmacological agents, including noting any potential drug interactions related to dental treatment for pain, anxiety, prevention, infection, inflammation, surgical complications and conditions related to dental treatment.

#10. Understand general anesthesia, nitrous oxide, conscious sedations and the use of non-pharmacological techniques to manage anxiety.

#12. Perform risk assessment, determine etiology of dental disease, communicate and demonstrate to patient approaches to modify behaviors contributing to dental disease.

#15. Perform uncomplicated extractions of teeth and root tips and minor pre-prosthetic surgical procedures, including those requiring uncomplicated flap procedures.

#16. Manage and treat localized odontogenic infections and common operative and postoperative surgical complications.

#17. Understand how to fabricate and use removable appliances, space maintainer, and lingual arches.

#18. Inform the patient regarding the nature and extent to the disease or disorder and provide the appropriate management and/or referral.

#19. Treat caries, manipulate selected material and make appropriate restorations for patient comfort, function and esthetics.

#23. Understand resources available and the role of dental organizations in promoting the oral health of the public.

#24. Communicate with and provide care for a diverse population of patients (including special care) in order to develop a commitment to community service.

Course Name: Pediatric Dentistry Rotations
Course Number:
1191, 1153, 1353, 905
Credits:
Course Director:
Dr. Cheen Loo
Predoctoral Year: 2, 3, 4
Semester:Fall (Sept-Dec), Winter (Jan-Apr), Summer (May-Aug)
Time & Location:
MWF 9-12, M-Th 4:30-7 (Summer – Year 2); MWF 1-4, TuTh 9-12 (Fall/Winter – Year 3); M-F 9-4pm, M-Th 4:30-7pm (Summer – Year 3); MWF 9-12, TuTh 1-4, M-Th 4:30-7 (Year 4 – Fall/Winter)/ Pediatric Dentistry Clinic
Text(s):
Pediatric Dentistry: Infancy through Adolescence” 4th edition, authored by Pinkham, JR, Cassamassimo, PS, Fields, HW, McTigue, DJ, and Nowak, AJ.2005, and published by Saunders.

Course Goal:

  • The goals of the course are to prepare the student to diagnose, evaluate, treatment plan, and treat or refer the oral diseases and conditions of children and adolescents.
  • The goal of the course is to expose the student to the care of pediatric patients prior to entry into the clinic as student practitioners.

Course Objectives:
The student will be able to:

  • Understand the principles of growth and development.
  • Understand the factors involved in the physical and behavioral development of the child with special emphasis on dental development.
  • Describe the etiology, methods of prevention and treatment of oral disease in children, especially dental caries, periodontal disease and problems due to habits.
  • Understand the value of radiographs for children, and be familiar with proper radiographic technique for the child patient.
  • Understand the basic principles of operative dentistry for primary and young permanent teeth and perform various procedures including amalgam, composite and stainless steel crowns.
  • Assess and treat pulpal problems in primary and young permanent teeth.
  • Describe oral surgical techniques for children and the use of topical and local anesthetics for the control of pain.
  • Understand the problems in treating patients with serious medical or behavioral disorders and describe the medical and dental management of these medical conditions.
  • Understand pain and anxiety control measures including behavioral management, use of drugs and medications and hospital treatment.
  • Describe the etiological factors and treatment methods for periodontal diseasein children.
  • Recognize oral pathologic conditions and the most frequently seen craniofacial malformations/syndromes found in pediatric dentistry.
  • Describe the etiology and treatment procedures for occlusion and space maintenance problems.
  • Recognize and understand treatment and preventive procedures for dental injuries to primary and permanent teeth including splinting devices for avulsed teeth, and restoration of fractured anterior teeth.
  • Collect data, evaluate, diagnose and treatment plan for the child patient from infancy to adolescence.

TUSDM Competency Statements supported by Course

#1. Understand the concept of professionalism, patient confidentiality (HIPAA- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, ethical behavior and the principles of jurisprudence.

#2. Understand psychosocial principles, behavior management and how to apply these skills for better patient care.

#3. Acquire and understand information in a scientific and effective manner, to assist in critical thinking and problem solving for patient care.

#4. Develop a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan, based on the patient’s chief complaint; dental, personal, family, social and medical (systemic disease) history; medical and dental diagnostic tests; and the results of head, neck, oral cavity and radiographic examinations.

#5. Develop a comprehensive, properly sequenced treatment plan and alternative plans based on all diagnostic data. The plans should include addressing chief complaint, emergency care and referral for systemic disease, prevention, periodontal care, endodontic care, restorative/prosthodontic care, maintenance and recall.

#6. Communicate the treatment plan to the patient, including diagnostic alternatives, patient concerns, risks, prognosis, time requirements, fees and payment plan options and obtain a writing informed consent.

#7. Manage oral (pupal, periodontal or traumatic) or medical emergencies including performing CPR and activating local life support systems (EMS) and/or make appropriate referrals to medical and dental specialties.

#8. Identify and provide effective local anesthesia for oral treatment.

#9. Identify and prescribe appropriate pharmacological agents, including noting any potential drug interactions related to dental treatment for pain, anxiety, prevention, infection, inflammation, surgical complications and conditions related to dental treatment.

#10. Understand general anesthesia, nitrous oxide, conscious sedations and the use of non-pharmacological techniques to manage anxiety.

#11. Communicate and demonstrate to patients the importance of home care procedures and the need for a re-care program. Apply the concepts of quality assurance in evaluating the results of dental treatment at re-care.

#12. Perform risk assessment, determine etiology of dental disease, communicate and demonstrate to patient approaches to modify behaviors contributing to dental disease.

#15. Perform uncomplicated extractions of teeth and root tips and minor pre-prosthetic surgical procedures, including those requiring uncomplicated flap procedures.

#16. Manage and treat localized odontogenic infections and common operative and postoperative surgical complications.

#17. Understand how to fabricate and use removable appliances, space maintainer, and lingual arches.

#18. Inform the patient regarding the nature and extent to the disease or disorder and provide the appropriate management and/or referral.

#19. Treat caries, manipulate selected material and make appropriate restorations for patient comfort, function and esthetics.

#23. Understand resources available and the role of dental organizations in promoting the oral health of the public.

#24. Communicate with and provide care for a diverse population of patients (including special care) in order to develop a commitment to community service.

#26. Understand the requirements for infection control and risk management.

Course Title: BPS Off-Site Pediatric Rotation
Course Number: 1154
Credits: 0
Course Director: Natalie Hagel, RDH, MS
Predoctoral Year: 2 and 3
Semester: Summer (April – June); Fall (Sept – Dec); Winter (Jan – April)
Time and Location: M, T, W, Th, Fri: Various Off -site locations and times: 9:30am – 12pm; 9:30am – 3:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm.

Rotation Description

Each student will rotate through the Tufts Dental Program servicing the Boston Public Schools. Students are assigned at least two rotations throughout their second and third year of their pre-doctoral program. Students work on portable equipment in a variety of spaces in the Boston Public Schools and are given one on one attention by Public Health and Pediatric faculty.
These rotations are provided for students to gain valuable experience working with children in a public health setting. Services provided by students are home care instructions, screenings, prophies, fluoride and sealants. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School Dental Program offers students some restorative experience also.

Goals and Objectives of BPS Off – Site Pediatric Rotation

Our goal is to introduce students to Public Health and Preventive Dentistry. The educational goal of the course is:

  1. to reinforce the undergraduate students’ pediatric didactic course
  2. to introduce the students to alternative treatment settings for children
  3. to provide demonstration and technique for dental sealants, screenings prophies, fluoride varnish and patient management
  4. to inspire students to seek further experience in Public Health Dentistry

Course Name: Pediatric Dentistry Community Health Center (CHC Rotation)
Course Number: 1192
Credits: 0
Course Director: Dr. Cheen Loo, Dr. Wanda Wright (co-course director)
Predoctoral Year: 3/4
Semester: Summer – Year 3 (April – Aug), Fall – Year 4(Sept-Dec) & Winter – Year 4(Jan-April)
Time & Location: M-F 9-4pm, M-W 4:30-7pm – Various Community Health Center Locations