Pediatric dentistry is one of the most important branches of dentistry that aims to provide comprehensive oral health care for children including those with special heath care needs, and simultaneously, instills and implements a positive dental attitude for a lifetime. The word “Pediatric Dentistry” appears to be very simple to comprehend but for the intricacies of the relation between the child, the dentist and the parent. Pediatric Dentistry is an age specific specialty not a technique or disease specific specialty.Prevention and behaviour modification are the two hallmarks of Pediatric Dentistry which make it unique from other specialties of dentistry. It concentrates on integration of appropriate tactics and clinical knowledge from other specialties into a framework of quality oral health care for children.
Keeping the motto “We care for you” in mind, the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistrywas established at the KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences in 1985,With the new wing being inaugurated on 17th march, 2012, by the then Honorable Health Minister of India, Dr. GhulamNabi Azad. Undergraduate course was started in the year1985, while post graduate course in 1992, with intake of two post graduate students every year. The Department is well spaced, attractive, well equipped keeping in mind the needs of the children including waiting area consisting of aquarium, toys, television, etc. facilities, separate OPD, Counselling & Isolation rooms, clinical areas for Undergraduate & Postgraduate students. Well trained and experienced faculty dedicated to provide a fertile ground for teaching and learning.Our department is collaborated with Hemophiliac and diabetic society of KLES’ Dr. PrabhakarKore Hospital andmedical research Centre, Belgaum, to provide care for special children.