Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Smart pediatric dentistry: We have come a long way!

Sudhindra M Baliga 
 Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Sudhindra M Baliga
Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Sharad Pawar Dental College, Wardha, Maharashtra

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Baliga SM. Smart pediatric dentistry: We have come a long way!.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2020;38:1-1

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Pediatric dental practice has seen a technical upsurge during the last decade. Smart technology incorporations in the pediatric dentistry not only provide patient comfort but also create opportunities for pediatric dentists to provide better treatment.

Storytelling and smartphone applications – Various apps use dentistry-related stories and/or games and are an emerging option for oral hygiene behavioral change by offering intrinsic motivation in the form of fun for the child.

Entertainment for behavioral management – Different forms of entertainment are used ranging from iPads, televisions, or screens on the ceiling aided with virtual-reality goggles and headphones.

Digital dental scanners – Patients can enjoy faster office visits and shorter turnaround times between scanning, device fabrication, and actually receiving treatment for restorations, crowns, and space maintainers.

Smart materials – Newer dental materials aid preventive care and require no drilling such as silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and resin infiltration techniques. A 38% SDF solution is used to arrest caries in the primary teeth, especially of those children who are young and less cooperative. In these cases, SDF allows definitive restoration to be performed when these children grow older and become more receptive to dental procedures. When caries lesions arrest under SDF, they create a dark stain which is unsightly. An alternative silver-based preparation, nano-silver fluoride, has been developed to combat this problem.[1],[2]

Buffered local anesthesia – Recent technical advances have made it practical to alkalinize dental anesthetic cartridges at chair-side immediately before injection. Alkalinization hastens the onset of analgesia and reduces injection pain, making the science of buffering local anesthetic worthy of consideration by dentists interested in anesthesia that is more rapid, more efficient, and more predictable, as well as being more comfortable for the patient.

Vibrotactile devices – Some of the newer local anesthetic delivery systems aimed at easing the fear of the needle take advantage of the gate control theory of pain management, which suggests that pain can be reduced by simultaneous activation of nerve fibers through the use of vibration. These devices include VibraJect (ITL Dental, 31 Peters Canyon, Irvine, CA, USA), DentalVibe (BING Innovations LLC, Crystal Lake, IL, USA), and Accupal (Hot Springs, AR, USA).[3]

Technology makes our lives easier, so does technology in pediatric dentistry making children have less anxiety, more excitement, and healthier teeth as they grow up! I extend heartiest New Year greetings for 2020 and wish we make further leaps in child oral healthcare and pediatric dental education over the years.


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