The Department of Pedodontics

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry is an active group, headed by Dr. Ponnudurai. The department’s primary mission includes teaching, service and research.

The teaching program incorporates an innovative UG curriculum designed to provide dental students with experience in managing children’s dental care needs.

In addition to their UG training, the department has 3 PGs/year in their post-graduate program.

The pediatric department is dedicated to providing service in the community. We participate in the Head Start program, which is a pre-kindergarten educational experience for low-income children, and provide dental treatment to underprivileged children.

The Department of Pedodontics & preventive dentistry’s primary concern is to promote the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and people with special health care needs. Our department thrives to achieve a high and ethical standard of practice, promotion of education, and research in pediatric dentistry.

Through its exemplary educational, research and service programs, the Department of Pedodontics teaches students and house surgeons the skills necessary for improving and maintaining the health of infants, children, adolescents and persons with special needs. Promotes oral health within the community and develops policies and guidelines relating to the promotion and maintenance of good oral health in children.

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 department balances teaching, patient care and professional service activities. Our teaching mission is broad in scope. The department's faculty are involved in didactic, preclinical, clinical, continuing education and teaching activities. Targeted teaching audiences include dental and medical students, house surgeons, and postgraduate students. Scholarly activity includes numerous presentations and continuing education courses, and abstracts and articles published in refereed journals.

Extended Departmental Activities

  • Managing special children and uncooperative children under GA.
  • Managing cleft children in coordination with cleft & craniofacial centre
  • Pediatric screening in coordination with Department of Pediatrics
  • School dental health program.
  • Community services extended to Orphanages and Rural children.

Goals

  • Able to instill a positive attitude and behavior in children towards oral health and understand the principles of prevention and preventive dentistry right from birth to adolescence.
  • Able to guide and counsel the parents in regards to various treatment modalities including different facets of preventive dentistry.
  • Able to treat dental diseases occurring in child patients.
  • Able to manage the physically and mentally challenged disabled children effectively and efficiently, tailored to the needs of individual requirements and conditions.
  • Postgraduate students are posted for two weeks in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and one week in the Department of Endodontic for enhancing clinical skills.
  • Regular postings for the pot graduate students in the Department of Pediatrics for interdisciplinary learning.