What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?


Choosing a dentist for your children is an important decision.  To become a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. AnnaMarie DeFeo spent another 2.5 years in a pediatric dental residency program, earning not just her certificate in her specialty, but also her masters degree.  Dr. AnnaMarie DeFeo then took the extra steps to become and maintain her board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

What Does “Board Certified” Mean? It means a pediatric dentist has taken extra, elective steps to exhibit excellence in his or her specialty. This is done by taking a series of exams, both written and verbal, where the pediatric dentist must show mastery of pediatric dentistry.  When a dentist decides to pursue board certification, it is a testament to their commitment.  Beyond the initial series of tests, they must renew their certification yearly, ensuring their skills are continually validated and current.  With pediatric dentistry continuing to change, you know when you take your child to a board-certified pediatric dentist like Dr. AnnaMarie DeFeo, you are going to get the most up to date, specialized care available.

Being board-certified is important to Dr. AnnaMarie DeFeo. Starting children off on the right foot when it comes to dentistry is important.  We not only focus on your young child’s developing teeth, but we follow closely their growth and development from age one all the way through college!  It is vital to make sure your child is receiving optimal care, unique to their needs, during their developmental years.

Dr. AnnaMarie DeFeo is a board certified pediatric dentist and a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  Call our Needham, MA office today to schedule an appointment. Or, call anytime to speak to us about any concerns you may have with your child’s teeth.  We are always happy to answer any of your questions!


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