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Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry

Research focus
Thrust area: Early Childhood Caries / Pediatric Endodontics / Dental Education / Interceptive orthodontics / Dental Traumatology.
 
Collaborating institutions: AIIMS, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Oxford Dental College, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences and University of Western Australia.
 
Ongoing doctorate projects:
  • Evaluation of interproximal contact areas of primary molars as a risk factor for early childhood caries.
  • "Association of sleep time feeding practices with Early Childhood Caries (ECC)”.
Ongoing Research Projects :  Click Here
Patents:

1. ‘Oral Wipes’patent filed – Dr.M.S.Muthu

CECCRe- Centre For Early Childhood Caries Research
CECCRe- Centre For Early Childhood Caries Research was inaugurated on 29/08/18 by the dignitaries of the university. This centre is a follow up of the one crore grant received from the Wellcome Trust(UK) DBT India Alliance and first of its kind to be awarded to a Dental Institute across the country. This centre intends to provide exceptional, uncompromised, personalized preventive, therapeutic oral health care services including guidance for infants to preschoolers, with the highest level of care, skill, judgement and comfort and to spearhead innovative research, leading to a cavity free childhood through adolescence and forever.
The room is equipped with one fully automated dental unit. A register to enter and maintain the data of each patient along with the provision for future recall and follow up visits is created. The room is decorated colourfully with cartoon pictures, alphabets and in addition a wall mounted television is placed in the screening area.  Also, a standee and a wooden box displaying the age appropriate oral hygiene measures are placed inside the screening area for educating and creating awareness on prevention of dental decay in young children.
The unit functions with the aim of insisting the proper oral hygiene measures, educating on age appropriate anticipatory guidance and emphasising the importance of milk tooth to achieve a decay free mouth. Also the centre caters in all aspects of preventive and therapeutic approach for dental problems for children below 6 years of age with regular follow up visits is encouraged.

Vision
To usher in an era where every milk tooth is preserved and nurtured through creative breakthrough in thinking and human resources and to engage in life transforming research to create holistic oral care.
Mission
To provide exceptional, uncompromised, personalized, preventive, therapeutic oral health care services including guidance for infants to preschoolers, with the highest level of care, skill, judgement and comfort in an atmosphere of trust and compassion and to spearhead innovative research leading to a cavity free childhood through adolescence and forever.

Systematic Reviews
Post Graduates conduct systematic reviews as a part of study in lieu of Library Dissertation.

Advanced Training: 
Faculty and Post Graduate update undergo multiple training programs through MOOCs to form a strong research foundation. All Post Graduates in the department since 2013 have completed the Cochrane workshops on Protocol development and completion.