Diplomate, Pediatric Dentistry
Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty
that provides both primary and comprehensive
preventive and therapeutic oral health care for
infants and children through adolescence,
including those with special health care needs.
A Pediatric Dentist
A specialist in pediatric dentistry is one who
has completed a general college education,
earned a doctoral degree in dentistry, and has
completed two or more years in a residency
program in an accredited university or hospital.
The educational experience qualifies the
pediatric dentist as specially trained to care for
oral health of infants, children and teenagers,
including those with special needs.
Pediatric dentists—the best care for children -
American Academy of Pediatrics
Specialists in pediatric dentistry are health care
professionals committed to caring for the oral health
of children. Ten years or more of higher education
demonstrates the intellectual achievement of
pediatric dentists and provides the foundations of
professional pediatric dentistry.
Upon completion of specialty training, pediatric
dentists may voluntarily seek to certify their
professional excellence through an evaluation and
critique of their abilities by their colleagues.
After validation of credentials, pediatric dentist
candidates are eligible to initiate the certifying
process administered by the American Board of
Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The ABPD Board of
Directors are elected by the membership of the
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
This rigorous two-part examination is for the purpose
of validating the candidates' advanced training and
their clinical and diagnostic abilities. Upon successful
completion of the examinations, the pediatric dentist
is designated a Diplomate of the ABPD and becomes
a member of the College of Diplomates.
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