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The department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is housed within the School of Dental Sciences. It was established in 1984 as a Division in the Department of Dentistry housed in the Faculty of Medicine to teach a course in combined paediatric dentistry [dentistry for children) and orthodontics [management of maligned jaws and teeth]. The Department of Paediatric Dentistry provides oral health services for children in per-urban Nairobi Together with three other clinical departments in the School of Dental Sciences they act as a referral centre for patients with complex oral/facial and dental problems from all parts of the nation of Kenya, Eastern Africa and the Great Lake regions.

 

On average four thousand patients are seen annually at the School of Dental Hospital, of which fifty percent of the patients are attended to in the Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics. These are children aged between zero to 15 years. The last national census [1999] for Kenya reported 44% of the national populations were children aged less than 15 years of these 20% are children below 5 years.

 

The Department of Paediatric Dentistry /Orthodontics attends to about half the total number of patients seen at theSchool of Dental Sciences.  Thus there is a need to upgrade and expand the Department in terms of clinical space, office space, space for postgraduate student and manpower resource to enable the Department to grow ever further and possibly develop new academic professional programmes.

 

DEPARTMENTAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Postgraduate Program

 In the year 2000, the Department of Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics was the first in the school to mount a Masters program in Paediatric Dentistry [MDS]. This was after a 12-year stint of trying to get the curriculum approved from 1987 upto 1999. Since then the Department has have already graduated nine students and six are in the pipeline.