The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) is dedicated to fostering excellence in pediatric dental care through the process of continuous learning and professional development. As part of our commitment to supporting the growth and proficiency of practitioners in the field, ABPD is excited to unveil several new Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) modules.

How to Access the New Modules

These modules are readily accessible on Diplomate Dashboards, under the LMS tab. Designed to accommodate busy schedules, online modules allow engagement at one's own pace and convenience.

The Annual Diplomate Renewal cycle is open and all requirements, including the completion of two CQI modules, are due by November 30 for Time-Limited Diplomates.

For more information about CQIs and the Renewal of Certification Process, please visit: ABPD CQI Modules

An Inside Look Into New CQI Topics

  1. Down Syndrome: A Review for the Dental Professional

Down syndrome has a world prevalence rate of 1 in 800-1000 live births. During a pediatric dental career, there is high likelihood that a patient with Down syndrome will present to your office or clinic for evaluation and treatment. This module presents a review of clinical presentations and medical manifestations of Down syndrome for the dental professional.

  1. Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic, connective tissue disorder affecting bone formation and is present at birth. It may also be referred to as “brittle bone disease.” A child born with OI may have soft bones that fracture easily, bones that are abnormally formed, as well as other conditions. Symptoms may range from mild to severe. There are at least 8 different types of the disease which vary greatly and are based on the mode of inheritance, as well as the presenting signs and symptoms. Of particular interest to the pediatric dentist is when OI is manifested with dentinogenesis imperfecta (DI). This condition is referred to as Shields Type I DI.

  1. An Overview of Rickets in Children

Rickets is a common bone disease associated with disturbances in calcium and phosphate homeostasis. Clinically, rickets can lead to bone and joint deformities as well as dental complications. It can be classified into two major groups based on phosphate or calcium levels: phosphopenic and calcipenic rickets. The most common form, nutritional rickets, is a preventable disease resulting from an inadequate intake of vitamin D.

  1. Staging and Grading the Molar-Incisor Pattern of Periodontal Disease in Pediatric Dentistry

Molar-incisor pattern of periodontal disease (formerly localized juvenile or localized aggressive periodontitis) is devastating to the dentition and future health of children. Updated classification and treatment modalities are available to help our patients overcome this disease providing opportunities for better health.

  1. Muscular Dystrophy

What is Muscular Dystrophy, and what are it's oral and dental manifestations?

  1. Ameloblastomas

Is that lesion only a dentigerous cyst?

  1. Frenectomies: Dental and Otolaryngology Position Statements

The incidence of tongue and lip release in pediatric dental practices has increased greatly since 2010. Complications are rare but can be serious. This CQI explores a systematic literature review and consensus statement.

  1. Eruption Cysts

An eruption cyst is a type of odontogenic cyst. Discover the definition and characteristics of an eruption cyst.

  1. Oral and Dental Implications of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) are a group of inherited connective tissue disorders that may present with unique oral and dental challenges.

The Purpose of CQI Modules

Diplomates are required to complete two CQI modules annually, earning one hour of Continuing Education (CE) credit for each module completed. An individual can complete as few or as many modules as they wish outside of the requirements for the ROC-P. These CQI modules serve as resources to equip practitioners with the latest insights and evidence-based practices to address the rapidly evolving landscape of pediatric dental science and technology. 

Module Content Development

Members of the Renewal of Certification Process Committee play a pivotal role in developing the content of the CQI modules. Through their dedicated efforts in writing and editing questions for the ROC Examination or the CQI modules, they ensure that the content remains relevant, challenging, and aligned with the highest standards of pediatric dental care. (Learn more about joining the Renewal of Certification Process Committee here.)