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Handbook of Pediatric Dentistry


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Table of Contents

1. The philosophy of pediatric dentistry 2. Child development and behaviour management 3. Pharmacological behaviour management 4. Dental caries 5. Fluoride and dental health 6. Restorative pediatric dentistry 7. Pulp therapy for primary and immature permanent teeth 8. Clinical and surgical techniques 9. Trauma management 10. Pediatric oral medicine, oral pathology and radiology 11. Dental anomalities 12. Medically compromised children 13. Children with special needs 14. Orthodontic diagnosis and treatment in the mixed dentition 15. Management of cleft lip and palate 16. Speech, language and swallowing Appendix A Blood and serum testing and investigations Appendix B Fluid and electrolyte balance Appendix C Management of anaphylaxis Appendix D Management of acute asthma Appendix E Antibiotic prophylaxis protocols for the prevention of infective endocarditis Appendix F Somatic growth and maturity Appendix G Growth charts Appendix H Glasgow coma scale Appendix I Common drugs usage in pediatric dentistry Appendix J Eruption dates of teeth Appendix K Construction of family pedigree Appendix L Calculating fluoride values for dental products

About the Author

Angus Cameron completed dentistry at the University of Sydney in 1984 and began work as a junior dental officer at Westmead. He joined the Department of Paediatric Dentistry as a registrar in 1987 and was the first to complete the Master of Dental Science degree in Paediatric Dentistry in NSW in 1991. Angus was appointed a specialist in 1992 and became Head of Department in 1997. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor and Head of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Sydney and Visiting Senior Specialist at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Angus was also appointed Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Adelaide and is currently the Registrar (Special Field Streams) of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. In 2007, he was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Angus is co-editor of the Handbook of Paediatric Dentistry, now in its 3rd edition and translated into six languages. His major clinical interests are in the areas of paediatric oral medicine and pathology, dental anomalies and craniofacial biology. Dr Widmer received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Melbourne and his Masters Degree in Paediatric Dentistry also from the University of Melbourne. The majority of his paediatric clinical practice over the last 25 years has been at the Westmead Centre for Oral Health and The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is a very active clinician and lecturer, presenting to students and graduates in all branches of the health sciences, as well as being invited to present at conferences, both locally and internationally. Dr Widmer is currently the Associate Clinical Professor in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Sydney and Director of the Dental Department at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. He is a past President of the International Association of Paediatric Dentistry , the Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry and the Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry.


This book covers a lot of ground, is easy to navigate, points you elsewhere if you need more detail, and is enjoyable to read as well. Whether you are an undergraduate, a postgraduate or a general dental practitioner, this would be a useful text to have close at hand.

Primary Dental Care, April 2010

On re-reading this book (after initially using it as an undergraduate on clinic) I felt the following points were apparent: good content and use of colour clinical photos with a nice layout and formatting of text, good use of diagrams and colour to highlight the text, a comprehensive section on eruption dates, etc. v useful and, although not exhaustive, the ortho chapters were also useful for quick reference. Chris Rutter, VT, Amazon Good read and easy to follow. Good tables and flowcharts in case of emergencies, traumas, abscesses, etc. Good to have if you don't see too many kids.

Amazon, Oct 2011

Comments about the second edition

On page xiii, Preface, [a comment] is quite meaningful to all of us. I write it here for your reference:

'A lot of [golf] players say you can't play that course. That's a bunch of junk. A good player can play any course. You adapt your game to the golf course. You don't adapt the course to your game'. This is the spirit of dentistry. Can anyone of us take a few minutes to think 'What's the feeling of visiting a dentist in childhood, especially the first time? One changed my life and gave me the chance of reading this book. So, it is a good book. Keep it!

Anon, Amazon.co.uk

The book provides many clear illustrations that are easily understood and very useful for practice. There is a special chapter talking about paedo-endodontics and a huge chapter on dental trauma which gives us references to manage the case should we ever meet one.

Fan Chun Kwok, Hong Kong, Amazon.co.uk

This book is really good especially for dentists in Australasia. I found this book to be concise and straight to the point. It is clinically focussed. Definitely recommended for the general dentist.


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