Illustrated Pediatric Dentistry - Part 2

Oral Examination and Diagnostic Aids in Pediatric Dentistry

Author(s): Ashita Kalaskar* and S. Jayachandran

Pp: 35-56 (22)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815080773123010007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


The oral examination of the pediatric patients involves detailed evaluation and assessment along with comprehensive history taking. The pediatric history involves prenatal history, birth history, past medical history, past dental history, and family history. The examination part includes a general examination, extra oral examination and intra oral examination. The pediatric examination specifically includes dental caries, eruption pattern, shedding pattern, type of dentition, occlusion, supernumerary teeth, missing teeth etc. Various new diagnostic modalities have been introduced in the pediatric oral examination for both the hard tissues and soft tissues. Early diagnosis is mandated for precise treatment and proper prognosis for any disease which can be achieved by thorough examination through conventional and modern diagnostic techniques.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Dental caries, Examination, History, Pediatric.

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