Department of Preventive and Pediatric Dentistry

The vision of the clinic is to focus on oral health of growing and developing children and on the impact of oral health on overall health of an individual.

Pediatric dentistry is defined as the practice and teaching of and research in comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral care of children from birth through adolescence. Child and adolescent oral health includes a somatic, a social as well as a mental component.

The present research of the Clinic includes epidemiology of dental diseases in children and adolescents, aetiology and treatment of various types of developmental dental defects, painless dentistry and the influence of general health problems on dental and oral health. The research is undertaken in collaboration with national as well as international colleagues.

Part of the teaching is done in collaboration with the teaching of dental hygiene students.

The Clinic has competence in dental care of children and adolescents under general anaesthesia and treatment of dental developmental defects.

Pediatric dentistry focuses on patients from birth through 18 years of age. We want children to have the most positive dental experience we can provide. Our staff are trained in working with children and their families and our dental students are taught to provide dental services to children. Together, we strive to provide an atmosphere that is friendly and supportive to our child patients and their families.

The Clinic strives to teach students the fundamentals of pediatric oral health care through both didactic and clinical courses, provide the highest degree of service to infants, children, adolescents and persons with special health care needs and promote oral health within the community.

Our philosophy of care encompasses early identification and prevention of oral and craniofacial diseases in all children, but especially in high-risk groups.

The Clinic also provides postgraduate education in pediatric dentistry.

Seminars are an important part of the pediatric dentistry programme. Residents are expected to prepare seminars and present lectures as part of the teaching experience.

The aim of the study programme Pediatric Dentistry is to provide students with basics of dental care in children and adolescents.

The Clinic has published several textbooks and methodical books for students, oral hygienists and dentists. 



Compulsory subjects for dental students:

Prevention of Oral Diseases

Paediatric Dentistry and Clinical Practice

Compulsory subjects for dental hygiene students:

Oral Health and Personal Dental Hygiene

Primary Pevention of Oral Diseases

Profesional Dental Hygiene and Clinical Practice

Paeditric Dentistry and Dental Anomalies

Oral Epidemiology and Prevention of Oral Diseases

Clinical Practice

Compulsory subjects for dental students:

Treatment of Non-carious Diseases and Dental Trauma in Children

Professional Dental Hygiene



The research interests are analysis of aetiology, pathogenesis, epidemiology, prevention and methods of treatment of dental caries, periodontal diseases among different age groups of children and adolescents. Seven doctoral thesis have been successfully defended during the last few years. Three PhD students are currently preparing their thesis.

Epidemiological studies:

Evaluation of oral health status among 4-6, 12-year-olds and schoolchildren in the late teenager period (15 and 18 year-olds).

Clinical studies:

Impact of treatment under general anaesthesia on quality of life in children with early childhood caries;

Comparison of three different approaches to the management of dental caries in primary molars.

The research focuses on life quality issues related to oral health.