Child and Adolescent Oral Health 3

Subject DENT90077 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jun-2016 to 22-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 11-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 20-Jul-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 54 (indicative)
Total Time Commitment:

54 contact hours (indicative), 26 non-contact hours (indicative)


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

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


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:


Dr Siew-May Loo


Melbourne Dental School

Currently enrolled students:

Subject Overview:

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

Learning Outcomes:

Intended learning outcomes (ILOs) for Paediatric Dentistry component:

On completion of Block 3 and 4, students should be able to:

  1. effectively communicate with young persons in the dental situation;
  2. be able to take appropriate medical history, and examine patients with minimal assistance from staff;
  3. accurately produce, interpret and critique intra-oral and extra-oral radiographs of young patients;
  4. have developed skills in diagnosis and treatment planning and management of young patients in their care;
  5. be responsible and safe in the dental management of young persons under your care;
  6. perform a dental prophylaxis, place a rubber dam, give local anesthesia, place fissure sealants, issue mouthguard and perform challenging restorations including placement of stainless steel crowns;
  7. understand the importance of prevention, identification, assessment and treatment of oral diseases, as opposed to the episodic management of symptomatic oral problems;
  8. appreciate the value of maintenance of oral health after treatment of child and adolescents including those with complicated problems;
  9. manage the behavioural aspects of young patients in the dental setting with some assistance;
  10. appreciate the need for specialist referral for those patients which cannot be successfully managed in general practice.

Intended learning outcomes (ILOs) for Orthodontics component:

On completion of Block 3 and 4 in DDS 3, students should be able to achieve the following objectives:

  1. understand diagnostic procedures for developmental problems, so that students will be prepared when they plan treatment to sort patients by the difficulty and severity of their problems ;
  2. understand at an introductory level the clinical orthodontic treatment of children. This includes learning the procedures in treating a child patient and participation in active orthodontics treatment.
  3. Understand and be able to explain the biomechanical principles involved with orthodontic tooth movement.
  4. Recognise the clinical situations for which orthodontic appliances are indicated, as well as their limitations.
  5. Understand and explain the effects which orthodontic appliances can produce (both desirable and undesirable.
  • 1 x 1 hour written paper on orthodontics and paediatric dentistry at the end of Block 4 (30%);
  • 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%);
  • 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.

Hurdle Requirements:

  • 100% attendance at Seminars/Tutorials & Clinical Sessions
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Related Course(s): Doctor of Dental Surgery

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