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The Center for Pediatric Dentistry

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The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s have joined forces to combat the growing crisis of childhood dental disease by developing the first facility of its kind in the world – The Center for Pediatric Dentistry.

By combining health services, education, research and public policy under one roof, The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is addressing the entire system of early childhood oral health. We seek to employ the most qualified practitioners from around the world, as well as use the latest in clinical practices and the most advanced equipment available in the country.

From infant check-ups and early screening to parental education and special needs access, The Center for Pediatric Dentistry equips parents with the service and knowledge to ensure a healthy child. The Center for Pediatric Dentistry uses a multi-disciplined approach to solving the rampant issues of childhood oral health.

The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is the premier authority on early childhood oral health, working to improve the health of children throughout the region, the country and the world.


The mission of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry is to promote the health of infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special needs, through education, research, and service, by:

  • Educating pediatric dentists for a lifetime of continuous learning and leadership.
    Generating new knowledge through basic and clinical research.
  • Promoting effective preventive measures to ensure a lifetime of oral health.
  • Collaborating with other disciplines and organizations to develop policies to increase access to oral health care for all people.


Our vision is to be the recognized international leader in pediatric dental education, research, and the development of service delivery models and to be the leader in establishing mechanisms for policy change to dramatically mitigate the unmet need in the management of dental caries in children worldwide.