November 2019 Volume LIV Number 6


Characteristics of Pediatric Dentists: Results of the ADA-AAPD Survey of Dental Practice

September 2013 Volume XLIX Number 5

 The results of the Survey of Dental Practice, a collaboration of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center and the American Dental Association's Health Policy Resources Center, is now available on the AAPD website. Results from the survey indicate that pediatric dentists are reflective of the population and that they are committed to serving that population through effective and efficient care for all. Highlights include:
• Over half of the pediatric dentists accept new Medicaid patients, demonstrating the profession's support for socioeconomically disadvantaged pediatric dental patients—25.5 percent of patients in pediatric dental offices are on public assistance while 15.4 percent have no coverage.
• Three-quarters, or 73.6 percent of pediatric dentists worked in practices that provided charitable dental care either free of charge or at a reduced rate to some patients in 2011.
• Virtually 100 percent treat children with special needs, indicating that they are the default caretakers of dental care for all patients with special health care needs.
• Sixty percent of survey respondents report using an operating room and general anesthesia in a hospital or accredited surgical facility.
• One third of pediatric dentists have the facilities, ability and willingness to easily expand services.
The full survey report can be found at