Our Mission

To advance optimal oral health for all children by delivering outstanding service that meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of our members, partners and stakeholders.

About AAPD

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), founded in 1947, is the not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its10,800 members put children first in everything they do, and at the highest standards of ethics and patient safety. Pediatric dentists provide care to millions of our nation’s infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs, and are the primary contributors to professional education programs and publications on pediatric oral health.

The AAPD, in accordance with its vision and mission, advocates optimal oral health for all children. It is the leading national advocate dedicated exclusively to children’s oral health. 

 

Vision

Optimal oral health for all children.

 

AAPD Culture

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Our members put children first in everything they do, and at the highest standards of ethics and patient safety. As such, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is THE leading national advocate dedicated exclusively to children’s oral health. We are the embodiment of our members’ expertise as the big authorities on little teeth.

Membership Statistics

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) continues to maintain strong loyalty and retention of members. For fiscal year 2020, the AAPD member retention rate was 90 percent. Total AAPD membership is now over 10,800! The AAPD membership statistics as of April 2020 are as follows:

 

Membership by Category
Active 6,761
Life 525
Associate 50
Affiliate 467
International 159
Retired 1,226
Predoctoral Student 506
Postdoctoral Student 1,069
International Colleague 14
International Student 79
Honorary 16
Allied 16
Friends of Pediatric Dentistry 14
Total 10,890

 

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children’s oral health. As advocates for children’s oral health, the AAPD promotes evidence-based policies, best practices, and clinical guidelines; educates and informs policymakers, parents and guardians, and other health care professionals; fosters research; and provides continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children. Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Its 10,800 members provide primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. For further information, please visit the AAPD website at http://www.aapd.org or the AAPD’s consumer website at http://www.mychildrensteeth.org.