Child and Adolescent Oral Health 3

Subject DENT90077 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54 (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:

54 contact hours (indicative), 16 non-contact hours (indicative)


Successful completion of all Semester 1 (Teaching Blocks 1 and 2), DDS 3rd year subjects.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Melbourne Dental School

4th floor, 720 Swanston Street

Telephone: + 61 3 9341 1500


Subject Overview:

This subject is a continuation of Child and Adolescent Oral Health 2 and has 2 components: Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students should ave developed competencies in:

  1. the examination, diagnosis, treatment planning and management of a child seeking oral health care;
  2. being able to assess the oral health needs of children presenting from a variety of socio-cultural backgrounds with a wide range of oral conditions;
  3. assessing the appropriateness for referral and/or additional consultation;
  4. evaluating success, failure and efficacy of clinical dentistry;
  5. effective communication with patients and other health care providers about oral health, treatment options and potential outcomes and the establishment and maintenance of appropriate oral health regimens;
  6. working as part of a comprehensive health care team.

The student will have an understanding of the concepts related to:

  1. issues of safety in paediatric dental practice and provision of care; and
  2. the need for constant evaluation of techniques, peer review and reflection of processes, and the application of scientific rigour and principles for the resolution of clinical problems.
  1. 1 x 1 hour written paper on orthodontics and paediatric dentistry at the end of Block 4 (30%)
  2. Continuing clinical assessment of patients receiving orthodontic and paediatric dentistry care through a clinical log book assessed by the clinical supervisor (criteria provided) at the end of each session and presentation of a journal article at a seminar, throughout Blocks 3 and 4 (20%)
  3. 1 x 1 hour combined paediatric dentistry and orthodontics Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), end of Block 4 (50%).

Feedback will be given at clinical and tutorial sessions to provide students with information regarding their progress.

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Cameron AC and Widmer RP 2008 Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry 3 rd ed, Mosby

McDonald RE, Avery DR and Dean JA 2011 Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent 9 th ed Mosby

Scully CM and Welbury R 1994 Color Atlas of Oral diseases in Children and Adolescents Wolfe

Koch G, Poulsen S 2009 Pediatric Dentistry: A Clinical Approach 2 nd ed, Wiley-Blackwell

Hall RK 1994 Pediatric Oro-facial Medicine and Pathology Chapman and Hall Medical

Profitt WR, Fields HW, Ackerman JL, Sinclair PM, Thomas PM and Tulloch JFC 2007 Contemporary Orthodontics 4 th ed, Mosby

Therapeutic guidelines – Oral and Dental. Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, Melbourne, 2007

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students should:

  1. be able to access new knowledge from different sources, analyse and interpret it in a critical manner;
  2. begin to develop skills in effective communication with teaching staff and peers;
  3. develop effective organizational skills and time management;
  4. develop skills in team work and develop skills of workplace safety;
  5. be able to identify and address their own learning needs.

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