Use of Specialty and Board Designations
As per the American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct, an educationally qualified pediatric dentist can announce specialization as 'specialist in pediatric dentistry' or 'practice limited to pediatric dentistry.'
Board Certification Announcements
In printed declarations on letterhead, business cards, and websites and in telephone directories and biographical summaries:
- Pediatric dentists certified as a Diplomate by the ABPD may promote their certification by using Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry or Certified, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in direct association with their names.
- The Board does not authorize abbreviations to designate Diplomate status, initialisms such as ABPDD, DABPD, or ABPD (Dip) are inappropriate and must NOT be used.
- In recorded telephone messaging, certification may be promoted in direct association with a Diplomate's name. Care must be taken to avoid inference that such certification applies to the practice or to all practitioners within the office.