- Ashwin Jawdekar, MDS (Pediatric Dentistry), PG Diploma (Hospital Administration), Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, MGM Dental College and Hospital, Kamothe, Navi Mumbai, India
Practicing dentistry for children is different from practicing it for the adults. Children are not just miniature adults. Dental practitioners have to possess adequate skills for the assessment and modification of the behavior of children in order to render quality treatment to them in an effective and efficient manner. Although most specialists in pediatric dentistry are adept in managing children, all general dental practitioners may not be so well-trained in this regard. The onus of practicing pediatric dentistry lies upon these general dentists, due to scarcity of the specialists and the heavy burden of the treatment need in the child population. This book comprehensively covers various aspects of child management pertinent to clinical dentistry with an emphasis on non-pharmacological methods. It discusses communicating with children as dental patients, fundamentals of behavior modification, child behavior assessment, difficulties in the delivery of treatment to children, techniques of the administration of local anesthesia to a child, taking radiographs, dealing with children having hypersensitive gagging reflex, designing a child-friendly dental set-up, considerations for children with special care needs, practice management, etc. This text is a practical handbook for the dental practitioners for the day-to-day management of children in dental clinics. It enables a reader develop the necessary skills for the decision-making and problem-solving in behavioral pedodontics. The book has been one of its kinds in the Indian dental literature. The author has provided several stepwise protocols, photographic illustrations and comments of other experts from the field, for the benefit of readers. The introduction to this book has been written by Professor Emeritus Jimmy Pinkham, University of IOWA, USA.
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