The Department of Preventive Dentistry is made up of three specialties in Dentistry which are;
Paedodontics and
Community Dental Health



Prof.(Mrs.) I.N. Ize-Iyamu Professor/ Head of Department
Prof. (Mrs.) A. A. Umweni Professor
Prof. E.O. Ajayi Professor
Dr. S.A. Okeigbemen Associate Professor
Dr. (Miss) N. M. Chukwumah Senior Lecturer
Dr. P. U. Ogordi Lecturer I
Dr. J. N. Otaren Lecturer I
Dr. (Mrs.) L. O. Ota Lecturer II
Prof. C. Okunseri Visiting Professor



Mrs. R.O. Eteghrara Senior Machine Room Supervisor
Mr. M. O. Okotie Senior Executive Officer
Mrs. E.O. Igbinevbo Administrative Officer
Miss E. Itoje Asst. Chief Clerical Officer
Miss O. P. Olubobade Higher Dental Surgery Technician



Introduction to orthodontics (Definitions and scope) Growth and development of the craniofacial complex. Normal development of the dentition (primary and permanent.) Occlusal variations. Concept of normal occlusion and ideal occlusion. Malocclusion (Definition, Classification and Aetiology). Clinical assessment of orthodontic patients.
Radiography in orthodontic management. Cephalometric radiography.
Biology of orthodontic tooth movement. Interceptive orthodontic treatment. Serial extractions. Principles and design of removable appliances. Management of malocclusion with removal appliances. Principles of fixed appliance therapy.
Principles of functional appliance therapy. Principle of extraction therapy. Treatment of class 1 malocclusion. Treatment of class II division I malocclusion. Treatment of class II division 2 malocclusion. Treatment of class III malocclusion. Orthodontic management of cleft lip and palate patients. Surgical orthodontics.

Dental students are taught the development of the skull and the facial skeleton and
variations that results in development of occlusion disharmony.

500 Level
Students are introduced to some basic clinical demonstration on patients and laboratory models.

600 Level
Students are exposed under strict supervision to the management of patients with removable appliances.



Course content
Growth maturation and development of the normal child. History taking and consent to treatment. Management of the anxious, and handicapped child. Extraction and exfoliation of teeth structural.
Morphologic differences between primary and permanent teeth, with special reference to aetiology and progress of caries. Special features of dental caries in children.
Local and topical anaesthesia. Saliva control and use of rubber dam.
Management of early and advanced caries. Pulp therapy in children (pulpotomy, pulpectomy, apexification, root filling). Extraction of teeth. .Space maintainers. Oral habits. Developmental anomalies of the teeth and jaw, especially enamel defects/Dentine defects. Management of dental trauma in children.
Mechanical and chemical plaque control.
Pits and fissures sealants. Water fluoridation, systemic fluoride and fluorides metabolism.
Professionally applied and self-administered fluorides.
Dental radiology in children. Common childhood ailments affecting the mouth. Dental problems and the disabled child. Dental management of the medically compromised child. Management of periodontal and oral soft tissue lesions.




Course content
Introduction to Dentistry – Brief History of the Profession and Responsibilities
Public health Dentistry, Definition,Scope and Competences.
Ethics and Jurisprudence –Consent, malpractice, negligence and codes of ethics. Forensic dentistry and legal vulnerability.
Introduction to Bio-statistics and Dental Informatics.
Oral Epidemiology- General Principles, uses and methods. Measurement of dental disease.
Social dentistry/Role of Behavioral Sciences in Dentistry
Oral Health Education and Promotion – Principles and Practice
Principles of Preventive Dentistry – Dental caries and periodontal diseases,
Fluoride in Preventive Dentistry – Systemic and topical application.
Pits and fissure Sealing in Dentistry.
Infection Control in Dentistry.
Minimally invasive dentistry including atraumatic restorative technique.
Oral Health Service Organization and Delivery – Needs and resources
Oral Health Policy – Development and Principles.
Primary Oral Health Care: Definition: Scope and Practice.
The Dental Team: professions Complimentary to Dentistry (PCD)
Practice Management and Administration.
Clinical Students are exposed to the provision of preventive and primary oral care
Services and participate in school and community visits.


Oath of Hippocrates Ethical obligation. Relationship to patients Structure of health team. Relationships between dentists, doctors, administrators, anaesthetists, pharmacists, ancillaries and other members of health team. Responsibility of dentist for welfare of patients and their relatives. Management of a dental surgery, responsibility to employees, health and safety.
Use of records in dental practice. Confidentiality and importance for forensic identification. Letter writing – Advertising. Collection of fees. Professional qualification necessary before entering into practice. Responsibility for verifying qualifications of employees. Right of State to regulate professional practice. Registration. Prescribing drugs.
Responsibilities in accepting a patient. Legal definitions of required skill, malpractice, negligence. Insurance and Medical Defence Societies. Necessity for written consent to treatment. Procedure for handling complaints from patients.