What is a Pediatric Dentist? 


Optimal oral health for all children.



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.


AAPD Culture

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 2018, the AAPD member retention rate was 92 percent. Total AAPD membership is now over 10,400! The AAPD membership statistics as of April 2018 are as follows:


Membership by Category
Active 6,591
Life 531
Associate 54
Affiliate 534
International 162
Retired 1,048
Predoctoral Student 433
Postdoctoral Student 1,026
International Colleague 2
International Student 97
Honorary 2
Allied 20
Friends of Pediatric Dentistry 14
Total 10,514