What is a Pediatric Dentist?

By March 1, 2021Blog

Pediatric dentists go to school for a minimum of 10 years. This includes 4 years of an undergraduate degree, 4 years of dental school and at least two years in residency to complete specialized training in their field. In addition to an extensive education, individuals are not licensed to practice until they’ve completed board certified exams to prove they have the knowledge to practice safely and competently.

Dr. Meggan received her Bachelor’s in Science right here in West Michigan from Grand Valley State University. In her junior and senior year of college she volunteered for Tooth Time at the Grand Rapids Children Museum, where she realized that her passion involved working with children of all ages and backgrounds. She went on to attend the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where she led the Jonathan Taft Society — advocating for access to dental care with a focus on community service.

After dental school, she completed her pediatric dental residency at the University of Florida College of Dentistry in Naples, Florida where she served as chief resident. While there, she trained to specialize in comprehensive preventive and restorative dentistry for infants, children and adolescents — including children who have special health care needs. Dr. Meggan also trained in various behavior guidance techniques, as well as sedation and hospital dentistry for children who may benefit from such services to complete their dental care.

Practicing pediatric dentistry for 10 years, her approach with each child is unique and she has the ability to adapt for your child’s individual success. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Meggan has earned a certification held by less than 5% of all dentists in the United States. Dr. Meggan is a diplomate in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Informed parents realize the advantages of their children receiving care from pediatric specialists with board certification and membership in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.