Professional certificate: pediatric dentistry

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry instructs predoctoral and professional students in the prevention and treatment of dental diseases in children as well as individuals with special health care needs. Instruction combines didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences and gives special consideration to reviewing current literature and managing dental problems of children with special health care needs. It also emphasizes efficient treatment through proper use of dental auxiliary personnel and record management.

D.D.S. Student Training

All second-year Doctor of Dental Surgery students participate in a one-semester lecture course that includes preclinical exercises in the Simulation Clinic. Third-year D.D.S. students participate in a clerkship, which includes a lecture course and a clinical course. During their fourth year, D.D.S. students participate in a rotation through the department's clinics.

Research Opportunities

Clinical and laboratory research projects have financial support from federal agencies and other sources. Major research areas include cariology, dental materials, dentistry for persons with special health care needs, growth and development, fluoride therapy, child behavior management, nutrition, prevention, and access to care.


Faculty members hold numerous professional offices at national and state levels, committee memberships, consultantships, and honors in professional organizations. They serve as reviewers for professional journals and federal granting agencies. They also participate regularly in continuing education programs for dentists and other health science personnel. Fifteen of the department's faculty members are diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Professional Program of Study

Pediatric Dentistry Courses

PEDO:5220 Social, Cultural, and Public Health Issues in Pediatric Dentistry0-1 s.h.

PEDO:5700 Advanced Didactic Pediatric Dentistry0-1 s.h.

Lectures in advanced pediatric dentistry.

PEDO:5704 Pediatric Dentistry Grand Rounds0-1 s.h.

Pediatric dentistry rounds.

PEDO:5706 Journal Review Practicum0-1 s.h.

Review of journal material in pediatric dentistry.

PEDO:5724 Oral Health Care for People with Special Health Care Needs0-1 s.h.

Providing oral health care for individuals with disabilities.

PEDO:5730 Advanced Clinical Pediatric Dentistry0-2 s.h.

Advanced study in clinical pediatric dentistry.

PEDO:5732 Pediatric Physical Diagnosis0-1 s.h.

Pediatric physical diagnosis for dental practice.

PEDO:5738 Clinical Application of Pediatric Conscious Sedation0-1 s.h.

PEDO:6700 Research in Pediatric Dentistry0-1 s.h.

PEDO:6710 Practical Teaching in Pediatric Dentistry0-1 s.h.

PEDO:8240 Pediatric Dentistry Diagnosis and Treatment3 s.h.

Growth and development, behavior management, diagnostic-preventive-restorative techniques for pediatric patients.

PEDO:8360 Clinical Pediatric Dentistryarr.

Comprehensive clinical management of pediatric patients.

PEDO:8365 Clinical Seminar in Pediatric Dentistry1 s.h.

Patient management, case histories, treatment philosophies, issues in contemporary dentistry for children.