What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric Dentistry

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and other dentists (family dentist, general dentist, and etc.)?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. A Pediatric Dentist is a formally recognized specialty in dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people.

After finishing four years of dental school in Philadelphia, Dr. CJ completed a two-year residency at Northwestern/Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. For 2 years, Dr. CJ received extensive training in understanding child development, behavior management, trauma and treatment of infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients. While at Northwestern/Children’s Memorial, Dr. CJ served as chief resident.

What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?

Not all pediatric dentists are certified by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The ABPD certifies pediatric dentists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary 2-part examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care.

A pediatric dentist certified by ABPD is also known as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

For more information, visit www.abpd.org

Dr. CJ is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry