Paediatric Dentistry

The maintenance of oral health in a growing mouth

The specialty of paediatric dentistry aims to improve the oral health care of infants, children and adolescents through appropriate prevention strategies, patient education and clinical treatment. 

Paediatric dentistry requires a skilled combination of medical, dental and communication skills training. A large number of children are treated who have facial and dental anomalies (such as hypodontia), have been involved in dento-alveolar trauma, have varying special needs and who may be anxious about dental treatment.

The number of trainees and consultants in paediatric dentistry has enlarged considerably over the last 15 years and continues to develop. It encompasses many aspects of general dentistry whilst developing specialist skills in the care of children of all ages. There are clinical challenges in dealing with developmental problems and in providing care for those with disabilities. There are also opportunities for teaching and research into the comprehensive and therapeutic oral health care for children from birth to adolescence.

More information on the involvement of Paediatric Dentistry in the management of hypodontia can be found here in an article in the British Dental Journal.

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