Centers & Services

Department of Pediatric Dentistry

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

We aim to produce and maintain a healthy oral cavity for children of all ages, from breast-fed babies to adolescents, by effective prevention and treatment of their dental problems.

Our dentists

Director, Pediatric Dentistry

Michiyo Nakano, Professor


Hiroaki Inaba Associate professor
Shuhei Naka Senior Assistant Professor
Keiko Hirano Assistant professor, Outpatient chief
Yukiko Takashima Assistant professor
Yuki Matsumi Assistant professor

Weekly schedule of outpatient dentists

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning For first-visit outpatients Professor Senior Assistant Professor Assistant professor Assistant professor Professor
  Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment
Afternoon Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment Treatment by appointment

Treatment system

Our dentists include specialists and advisers to specialists certified by the Japanese Society of Pediatric Dentistry. Their aim is to provide individualized care for their patients depending on need.

Treatment policy

Our goal is to provide effective dental treatment based on an individualized treatment plan for patients with various problems such as caries and periodontal diseases, which can develop from infancy and continue childhood to puberty.


By seeking to reveal potential problems early and treat conditions that might stunt a healthy oral environment, we aim to important and effective approaches for preventing new problems from occurring.

Scope of Target diseases

We provide care for the following diseases that can develop during infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Additionally, we respond sensitively to children who cannot be treated sufficiently at other dental clinics because of mental and physical handicaps or anxiety about dental treatment.

  • Caries and periodontal diseases
  • Traumatized teeth
  • Teeth with insufficient development (hypoplasia)
  • Impacted and congenital missing teeth
  • Malocclusion (orthodontic induction procedure)

Treatment services

The Department of Pediatric Dentistry provides various treatments for different diseases that occur in our patients from infancy through childhood to puberty. In addition, we provide sensitive care for children with a profound sense of fear or with genetic diseases, who may require special care during dental treatment. Caries prevention from infancy is necessary to produce and maintain a healthy oral condition, thus oral hygiene instruction for parents is also emphasized. Furthermore, analyses of Streptococcus mutans and periodontal bacteria harbored in saliva and dental plaque are conducted to gather scientific information that is expected to be useful for future prevention strategies. After treatments are completed, regular checkups are continued until puberty for early detection and treatment of new caries and periodontal disease. Diagnostic evaluation of malocclusion is also performed during periods of growth and development. When necessary, consultation with other departments at Okayama University Hospital is done to provide the best care for our patients.