American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Certification
Dr. Allen Job is a board certified pediatric dentist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). The ABPD is the only ADA-recognized certifying board for the specialty of pediatric dentistry.
What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
When a dentist completes his or her residency (2-3 year additional training after dental school), he or she can practice as a pediatric dentist. However, in order to earn the board certification in pediatric dentistry one has to successfully pass a rigorous written exam and then successfully pass an oral examination in front of panel of examiners.
Though Board Certification is optional, gaining Board Certification demonstrates that the pediatric dentist has reached the educational pinnacle of field. This means that a pediatric dentist has the knowlege to be considered an expert in the field of pediatric dentistry. At this point, a pediatric dentist can now be called a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Why choose a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
There are many reasons one might push themselves to become board certified. Pediatric dentists who wish to treat patients in the hospital, often are required to be board certified. In fact most hospitals will not give privileges to a pediatric dentist who is not board certified. All of the hospitals in San Deigo County require board certification.
Moreover, pediatric dentists who wish to teach in a dental school or residency training program are often required to be board certified.
Dr. Allen Job uses his knowledge, here at All Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, by providing high quality oral health care to treat his patients. He also is an educator. He teaches at a course for pediatric dental residents at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry.
Once a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Always a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?
The short answer. No. Becoming a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist isn't a one time achievement. In order to remain as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, one has to continue to take additional continuing educational courses each year. Moreover, every ten years, one has to retake the written examination. This process is a lifelong committment to learning and gaining new scientific knowledge. Dr. Allen Job continues to learn new advancements in the field of pediatric dentistry and is committed to a process of lifelong learning.