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Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentistry) is the Dental Counterpart of Pediatrics. A Pedodontist typically receives three additional years of advanced training after Graduation. A Pedodontist is trained in the following areas: Behaviour Management, Child Psychology, Clinical Pedodontics, Growth and Development of face and Jaws, Hospital-based dental health delivery, Adolescent Dentistry (Ephebodontics), Preventive Dentistry and Dental Care for patients with Special Health Care Needs.

The concept of Total Patient Care is about 4 decades old. According to this concept, to deliver optimal healthcare for children, a team of specialists are involved. This includes – Pediatrician, Pediatric Dentist (Pedodontist), Child Psychologist (Counselor), Primary Healthcare Worker, school teachers and parents.

Most Childhood dental problems are preventable. Most childhood dental problems have a profound impact on a Child; pain & swelling, infections & pyrexia, loss of school time, inability to masticate therefore poor nutrition, impact on normal growth & development, psychological impact due to appearance.

A Pedodontist is highly trained in effectively managing dental problems of children. Pedodontists study Psychology and Child Behaviour. Pedodontists use a variety of techniques to effectively manage children.

Children are not 'little people'! Each age group – infant, toddler, pre-schooler, middle-age child and teenage children - require different methods for effective management. Fear and anxiety are bound to be present with most children of any age-group. Only a trained Pedodontist can effectively manage them accordingly.

Effective management = anxiety elimination + instilling positive attitude towards dental care

Lift the lip examination! Look for
• Brown/Grey/Black discoloration
• Deposits of soft yellow matter
• Frank cavitation/broken teeth
• Any accident/traumatic injury

• Child born with Cleft Lip and Palate

1.Include Oral Examination during general/Physical Examination
2. Educate importance of Dental Care during Childhood.
3. Alert Parents when any of the following may be encountered
a. Black spots on teeth
b.Patient/Parent complaining of Pain
c. Presence of swelling in facial area or Jaws
d. Cleft Lip and Palate e. Dental Injuries / Dento Facial Trauma

The Tooth Fairy is founded on firm principles of Prevention and Ethical, Evidence-based Dental Care delivery. We are forming a nexus with pediatricians and gynecologists to create awareness and prevent common childhood dental problems which are rampantly prevalent in Indian Urban scenario. Get in touch with us if you are looking to set up preventive Dental Clinics in your existing Practices. You provide the space, we will provide with the equipment and manpower. Teamwork is the secret to Total Patient Care.

1.American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). The mission of the AAPD is to advocate policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children. The AAPD serves and represents its membership in the areas of professional development and governmental and legislative activities. It is a liaison to other health care groups and the public.
2.Indian Society of Pedodontics & Preventive Dentistry (ISPPD). The Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry has been formed on the firm belief that "Every child has a fundamental right to his total oral health". The Society has an obligation to fulfill this faith.
3.The Role of the Pediatrician in the Oral Health of Children"Pediatrics" – the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics (Dec 2000 issue).
4.Educating Pediatricians on Children's Oral Health: Past, Present and Future David M. Krol. "Pediatrics" – the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics (May 2004 issue).
5.Dental Screening and Referral of Young Children by Pediatricians "Pediatrics" – the Official Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics (Nov 2004 issue).
6.The Changing Role of the Pediatrician in Child Health CareAmerican Journal of Disability in Children. April 1974
7.The Pediatrician's Role in Oral Health of Children The Journal of Oral Health and Dental Management in the Black Sea Countries. December 2007
8.Oral health in children: a pediatric health priority  Journal of Academic Pediatrics, 2009
9.Malocclusion of Teeth: Role of Pediatrician in Early Diagnosis Indian Journal of Practical Pediatrics, 2011