A dentist and his assistant attend to a patient. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)

A dentist and his assistant attend to a patient. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, file)

Allegheny County Health ­Department Pediatric Dental ­Program

Allegheny County Health Department’s (ACHD) pediatric dental program provides preventive and corrective treatment for children ages 1 to 20. The range of services provided includes dental exams, cleanings, fluoride treatments, x-rays, fillings, extractions and sealants. Health care professionals with the ACHD program see almost 12,000 patients each year and serve financially compromised clients. There are clinics located in Central City, Mount Oliver and McKeesport. For more information, visit ACHD’s Web site at http://www.achd.net/dental/index.html.

Dental Public Health

Dental Public Health is the specialty of dentistry that promotes oral health as well as the prevention and control of dental diseases. Public health dentists can promote oral health by assessing the oral health needs of the community, developing and implementing oral health policy, and providing programs and services that address oral health issues. At the School of Dental Medicine, the Department of Dental Public Health has three objectives: providing high quality education, conducting scholarly research, and acting as a resource service unit in public health dentistry. For more information, visit http://www.dental.pitt.edu/dph/index.php.

Division of Pediatric Dentistry

The Division of Pediatric Dentistry at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC provides many services. These include preventive, restorative and oral or maxillofacial surgical procedures. Services are for healthy as well as medically compromised and handicapped children. Dental hygienists are also available in some of the ­Children’s Community Pediatrics offices. Call 412-692-5440 for details or visit http://www.chp.edu/CHP/dental.

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is the dental specialty that provides primary and comprehensive oral health care for children from infancy through adolescence and patients with special health care needs. The Department of Pediatric Dentistry fosters outreach and scholarly activity through the education of predoctoral students and graduate residents. The department’s competency-based curriculum provides predoctoral students with comprehensive didactic, preclinical, and clinical coursework, as well as extensive opportunities for community outreach such as Give Kids a Smile Days (GKASD). For more information, visit http://www.dental.pitt.edu/pediatric/index.php.

MedlinePlus Dental Health ­Information

MedlinePlus is produced by the National Library of Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health). The Web site provides free, reliable and up-to-date health information in easy-to-understand language. The Web site also provides links to videos, tutorials, games, health statistics and clinical trials. See the links below for information about dental health.

Adult information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/dentalhealth.html

Child information: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childdentalhealth.html

Other Oral Health Web sites

University of Pittsburgh School of ­Dental Medicine: http://www.dental.pitt.edu/patients/become.php

American Dental Association: http://www.ada.org/public.aspx

American Academy of Pediatric ­Dentistry: http://www.aapd.org

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