DEPARTMENT OF PEDODONTICS

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Pedodontics

Pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics) is an age-defined specialty dealing with children from birth to adolescence. Our discipline focuses on pediatric/adolescent growth and development, cause of the disease and its prevention, child psychology and management and all aspects of the highly specialized pediatric restorative techniques and modalities. In addition we take care of the special needs patients, such as children with cerebral palsy, Mental Retardation and Autism. We emphasize the establishment of trust and confidence in children, different communication styles and in teaching preventive dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits more enjoyable. We work towards the maintenance of primary teeth until they are naturally lost. This is due to the importance of primary teeth in permitting children to chew properly and therefore attain good nutrition, their role in speech development and the maintenance of space for the eventual eruption of permanent teeth.

It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that a dental visit should occur within six month after the presence of first teeth or by a child’s first birthday. Early detection if tooth decay is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits and treat as needed. Additionally parents are given a programme of preventive home care (brushing, flossing, and fluorides), caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling and information on growth and development.

We have a well-equipped undergraduate and post graduate clinic which provides dental service for children including restorative, endodontic and orthodontic treatment modalities, minor oral surgery, management of developmental tooth defects, handling emergency situations and traumatized children who may have had a minor accident, resolving issues of pain and infections, special care for anxious kids and children with phobias and also provide treatment under General Anesthesia for very young children, children with medical conditions and uncooperative children. The total care your child receives in our department will serve as a motivating force, promoting good oral health habits that can be maintained for a life time.

Research Topics
A comparative evaluation of caries prevalence in 6-12 years school-going children of urban and semi-urban      areas around Trivandrum.
Comparative evaluation of gingival status of Acute Lymphocytic Leukaemia patients under 15 years of age,      before and after chemotherapy.
Estimation of caries risk status using Dento-cult test in Early Childhood Caries affected children of Trivandrum      City.
 
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