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Unit information: Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in 2015/16

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Unit name Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
Unit code DENT20023
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Miss. Sarah Bain
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Dental School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


This module covers the promotion and maintenance of oral health for children. The student shall have an understanding of the general growth and development of the child and the recognition, preventive treatment and operative management of the common disease processes.

Orthodontics is concerned with the development and growth of the face and occlusion, the extent of the normal variation in the form and function of both the hard and soft tissues of the mouth and face, and particulary the ways in which such variation produces differences in occlusion. The study of these factors should emphasise their inter-relationship with the general and psychosocial development of the individual. Students should be able to recognise and describe malocclusions. They should have an understanding of the role of malocclusion in relation to the risk of dental caries and periodontal diseases and the potential risks of increased caries and periodontitis that may arise as a consequence of othodontic treatment.


  • To enable students to recognise active caries and oral disease and provide preventive care in children.
  • To enable students to be familiar with normal facial development, occlusion and the adverse effects of malocclusion on oral health.
  • To enable students to be familiar with contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques and the limitations of orthodontic treatment.
  • To enable students to undertake the preventive care of patients who are undergoing orthodontic intervention.

Intended learning outcomes

  • Be competent in the management of the child patient.
  • Be competent in the administration of local anaesthesia to a child.
  • Be competent at applying fissure sealants
  • Have knowledge of diseases of childhood, the oral and dental diseases in childhood and soft tissue pathology in the child.
  • Be competent at providing dental hygiene care for the orthodontic patient.
  • Be familiar with normal facial development and occlusion and the adverse effects of malocclusion on oral health.
  • Be familiar with contemporary orthodontic treatment techniques.
  • Be familiar with the limitations of orthodontic treatment.
  • Have knowledge of the needs of the medically compromised child and seek advice where necessary.
  • Have knowledge of the management of children with special needs.
  • Be familiar with the management of orthodontic emergencies
  • Be competent to take radiographs on a child.

Teaching details

  • Lecture
  • Small group teaching
  • Independent study

Assessment Details

Formative assessment on Dental Public Health related to Paediatric Dentistry essay 600 words

Assessment of paediatric and orthodontic patients on clinic

Reading and References

Restorative Techniques in Paediatric Dentistry Duggal, M. Curzon, S. Fayle, M. Pollard, A. Robertson ISBN: 18531 71972

A Manual of Paediatric Dentistry  4th Edition Andlaw/Rock ISBN: 04430 45100

Paediatric Dentistry (Self Assessment Picture Tests) Shaw ISBN: 07234 09846

An Illustrated Guide to Dental Care for the Medically Compromised Patient Grundy/Shaw ISBN: 07234 17075

Fluoride in Caries Prevention Murray/Rugg-Gunn et al ISBN: 07236 23635

Paediatric Dentistry 2001 Welbury ISBN: 0192 62631