The month of April 2017 started with a bright note for the Department of Pedodontic and Preventive Dentistry, Saveetha Dental College. The dynamic members of the Department of Pedodontics once again crafted a captivating CDE program titled ‘TRAIN THE TRAINERS’. The program was held in Decennial Hall of Saveetha Dental College on 7th April 2017.

The program targeted the minds of the dentists, health care professionals and the parents to provide an insight on Pediatric Oral Health Care. In order to motivate the children and parents, a drawing competition titled ‘Me and My Dentist’ was conducted by the Department of Pedodontic and Preventive Dentistry from 27th March to 5th April 2017.

This innovative drawing contest, tried to capture the various emotions felt by children towards dentist. The children were motivated to draw by the dentists and sent the completed pictures to them. The drawings of the children were posted in Facebook and the link were sent to the parents in order to like the photographs and share it with their friends. Based on the number of likes, the awards were distributed. The young children expressed thought such as, ‘Feel of seeing arainbow’ and ‘Happiness’. They also displayed their understanding of how to maintain proper oral health. Most of them thanked Saveetha Dental College for providing this beautiful experience. The ease of approach of the drawing competition through Social Media made the participants to compete more actively. 

The program was attended by a total of 110 participants. In addition to this, the children and teaching faculty, of Puliamedu Government School also adorned the event. The inaugural function commenced with a Welcome note to address the gathering and Tamil Thai Vazhthu and Lighting of the Kuthuvizhaku by the Chief guest, Dr. Deepak Nallaswamy and speakers. Dr. Deepak Nallaswamy shared a few perceptive thoughts about the CDE program. He also stated that he really liked the team effort put forward by the members of the Department of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry in conducting successful consecutive CDE programs. 

This was followed by a display of a 5 minute video which captured the thoughts of the young mind about dentist. The awards of the winners and the participants of the competition were given by Dr. Deepak Nallaswamy and Dr. Tushar Panchanadikar. In addition to this, ten special awards were given to children for their enthusiastic participation by Dr. EMG. Subramanian. 

Subsequent to this, the first guest lecture was given by, Dr. Tushar Panchanadikar, an eminent Gynaecologist and Obstrecian from Pune. He spokeabout the influence of drug intake andimportance of oral health care during the pregnancy. The interrelationship between antenatal care and child oral health was explained in detail. The second lecture covered by Dr. Aravind Sivakumar on the Oral Care for Children with Craniofacial Deformities. This session covered the management of children with Cleft Lip and Palate and other craniofacial deformities from a clinical perspective and empathetic view. 

The afternoon session started off with an enlightening session on Oral Health Care for Toddlers by Dr. EMG. Subramanian. He stressed about the importance of establishing a dental home at an early age. This was followed by an interactive and knowledgeable session on Anticipatory guidance through Adolescence by Dr. Deepa Gurrunathan. This session mainly focussed on the emergency management of traumatic injuries in children. Post lecture a query session was conducted were participants actively participated and doubts were clarified by the speakers.

The program concluded on a happy note with the distribution of the certificates to the participants.