Paediatric dentistry refers to the branch of dentistry that specializes in dental care for children and adolescents including those with special health care needs. Paediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence in children with their dentists in order to make every visit enjoyable. It aims to introduce and implement the principles of preventive dentistry from birth, parental guidance to various treatment modalities and instill a positive attitude and behavior in the child. Special emphasis is laid on the prevention of dental diseases in the form of diet counseling, fluoride therapy and the application of pit and fissure sealants.
Additionally , Paediatric dentists work towards the maintenance of primary teeth until they are naturally lost. Conventional restoration ,endodontic treatment and stainless steel crown are done to maintain the teeth in a healthy state.
The prevention and correction of deleterious oral habits, space management influencing tooth alignment using orthodontic appliance, management of traumatized teeth, prevention of sports injuries by mouth guards, appliances for cleft palate patients are some of the specialized treatment given. The dental health care needs of special children – mentally and physically- challenged are also taken care of.
The ultimate goal of Pediatric dentistry is not only good patient but a good citizen of tomorrow .