Dr. Suher Baker, DMD, BDS, MS
Section Chief and Pediatric Dentistry Program Director
The Pediatric Dentistry Program is a two-year program. Residents treat children under the age of 19, and up to the age of 21 if referred from an outside agency which is consistent with Y-NHH policy. During the dental visit great emphasis is focused on those patients that present to the clinic who are medically, physically, and mentally compromised including special needs patients. Pediatric Dentistry Attendings and Residents examine each patient and carry out a treatment plan specific to the patient's needs.
The Pediatric Dentistry Program's objectives are to provide educational experiences that are evidence-based, extending the resident's clinical skills in oral diagnosis and understanding of the physical, psychological and social development of the child patient. The resident should expect to become more proficient in comprehensive pediatric dental care in the areas of basic and advanced clinical knowledge, critical judgment, manual dexterity, and child patient management in the office and operating room settings. Comprehensive care includes medical and dental history record-taking, behavioral management, appropriate radiograph ordering, appropriate consultations, diagnosis and treatment planning, routine preventive dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, stainless steel crowns, conscious sedation, general anesthesia, and appropriate recall frequency. The pediatric curriculum includes core courses in biostatistics and epidemiology, microbiology, pharmacology, genetics, cariology, restorative dentistry, behavior guidance, conscious sedation, dental trauma, dental anomalies, hospital dentistry, preventive dentistry and radiology. In additional lectures are given in informed consent, maxillofacial radiology, child abuse, trauma, and other dental issues.