Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry is to improve the oral health of infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. We seek to achieve this through service, patient care, education and research. This mission is accomplished by providing excellence in oral health care, education and service for patients, care-givers, dentists and primary care providers. Success in achievement of this goal is reflected in the many leadership roles filled by members of the department in the areas of teaching, clinical care, professional and community service, and research directed at advancing our knowledge of oral health. Our programs are focused on the provision of outstanding educational opportunities to develop clinically competent dentists, oral health care advocates and dental leaders who will address the oral health issues of children.