This course aims to provide the trainee with an understanding of the normal growth and development of a child from birth to school age. They should learn an appreciation of the factors influencing a child's development and how these may impact on their oral health and the provision of care. They should learn to recognise abnormal growth, development and habits in the preschool age groups and be competent to manage them appropriately, including speech and language development. This course includes recognition of early childhood caries, a thorough understanding of involved factors and its management, together with a knowledge of the nutritional requirements of the preschool child and the weaning process. Trainees should learn how to develop an appropriate treatment plan, taking into account the child's age, maturity, medical history, treatment needs and caries risk. The course will also provide instruction in photography. Different types of digital and non-digital cameras for intra-oral photography will be discussed and experience will be gained in extra-oral and intra-oral photography.
clinical prac 24hr/wk, 4x3 hr tut
clinical prac (25%), tutorials (25%), 1x3 hr written exam (25%), 1x viva voce (25%)
Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry, Cameron and Widmer, 4th Edition.