What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?

Recently, we have the exciting opportunity to announce that ALL of our pediatric dentists at Concord Pediatric Dentistry are board certified! We have amazing doctors at our practice and we love an opportunity to brag about them! The question you may ask is, what does all of this mean?





Our dentists went down a long educational pathway. They each finished their undergraduate degree, applied and were accepted to dental school, continued on for more education to become pediatric dental specialists and after finishing their education, pediatric residencies and passing their exams they electively chose to pursue MORE education by studying and preparing for the board exam.

Each of our dentists had to pass a written qualifying examination and an oral clinical examination. After diligent and lengthy studying, they each passed the requirements and are now recognized as Diplomats of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Because pursuing board certification is an optional accomplishment, I chose to ask our doctors the following question:

“What were your reasons for pursuing board certification?”

This is what they said:

“I knew that the vast majority of dentists are not board certified, however achieving board certification status in my pediatric dental specialty had been an early goal in my professional career after receiving my Masters of Science in Pediatric Dentistry.

I wanted to have the highest knowledge of my pediatric dental specialty and also keep up with the most current scientific studies and literature. With that knowledge I can provide the best oral health care to my pediatric patients and also educate their parents. Growing professionally and caring for my patients were my motivations to attain board certification in my specialty of pediatric dentistry.

Getting board certified is a stressful process that requires sacrifice of one’s time and energy. Also, to remain board certified is not a given. There are many steps involved, however it is totally worth it for all of our young patients. As pediatric dental specialists, we take care of and advocate for the children of our great nation regarding optimum oral health and craniofacial growth and development.

At Concord Pediatric Dentistry I am challenged to be my very best as I have the honor and privilege to currently practice my specialty with four other, younger, board certified pediatric dental specialists (Drs. Patrick Capozzi, Danielle Hinton, Elliot Chiu and Bradley Field). We all complement and synergize one another. Because we are board certified in pediatric dentistry, all five of us have the special designation of “Diplomates” of The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry defines a diplomate as a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. A Diplomate is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.

At Concord Pediatric Dentistry all of the pediatric dental specialists are board certified and ‘We Love Taking Care of Kids’.” – Dr. Achong


“My goal was to put myself in a position to provide the best possible care to my patients. By achieving my board certification, I wanted to demonstrate my continued pursuit of excellence in the pediatric dental care I provide to the children and families of New Hampshire. I also wanted to be part of a group of individuals with similar goals and aspirations so that we can learn from each other’s experiences.” – Dr. Capozzi


“I chose to attain board certification  for several reasons. Besides being a personal accomplishment, becoming board certified involves life long professional growth and self improvement. It is an opportunity to provide assurance to my patients and community that I have completed a voluntary examination process to validate my knowledge, skills, and experience while delivering quality patient care. Lastly, I wanted to become board certified to maintain my hospital privileges at Concord Hospital to treat patients who require or would benefit from treatment under general anesthesia.” – Dr. Hinton


“Continuing education and lifelong learning are high priorities for me and essential to achieving and maintaining board certification. Becoming a board certified pediatric dentist was an important goal of mine so that I can provide the highest level of care for all of my patients.” – Dr. Chiu


“Board certification is the highest level of education and training for pediatric dentists. It was an excellent opportunity for me to challenge myself and stay up to date, which will help me provide my patient’s with the highest quality of care.” – Dr. Field


From all of the staff at Concord Pediatric Dentistry, we congratulate our doctors on their pursuit of the HIGHEST level of education they can receive! What an outstanding accomplishment for all of them and for their passion in providing their patient’s with the highest level of care they can!


Happy Wednesday!