The answer is no! Take a closer look at what it takes to become a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Will MacDonald and Dr. Mike Myers at Kids Teeth.
What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
When a pediatric dentist is Board Certified it means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or ABPD certifies that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs.
A pediatric dentist that is board certified has gone through a rigorous examination process with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The certification process involves a written qualifying examination and an oral clinical examination covering all areas of information on which a pediatric dentist should be knowledgeable. Certification is awarded for a time-limited period and they must renew annually to maintain their board certified status.
What does this certification mean?
Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that pediatric dentists like Dr. Will and Dr. Mike have successfully completed accredited training and a voluntary examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills and experience necessary 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. See the chart below to review the steps of certification.
How do I know if my pediatric dentist is board certified?
It’s important to keep in mind that not all pediatric dentists are certified by American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) but the ABPD does provide an easy to use search tool to look up these credentials. Follow the link to review local Board Certified Pediatric Dentists, just type in the criteria and hit search.
The ABPD is the only certifying board in the specialty of pediatric dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association and sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.