New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Welcome to the New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Thank you for visiting our online home! This website serves as a hub to connect you with other members, learn about upcoming events & meetings, and as a source for valuable resources for organized dentistry in our state.

The NJAPD seeks to advocate for the profession of pediatric dentistry, as well as the absolute best in oral care policies for the children of the Garden State.

If you should have any questions or need additional assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Share A Smile!

SAS is a program started in 2021 by NJAPD in partnership with the 5 NJ hygiene programs. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!

Sign up to be on a list to volunteer your expertise & help a child in need. SIGN up to provide FREE dental care from February to May for children that were screened by any dentist or hygiene program for GKAS and Children’s dental health month. A database of pediatric dentists willing to treat a child for free dental care will be created and shared with all those participating with NJ Give Kids a Smile!

CALLING ALL PEDIATRIC DENTISTS! You can control the HOW– & WHEN and treat needy patients for free in your own environment. Please sign up!

Our Mission

Our society serves its members and represents the specialty of Pediatric Dentistry in the State of New Jersey. Our goal is to advocate optimal oral health care for infants, children, adolescents/teenagers and persons with special needs.

We will represent the oral health issues for all children in the state of New Jersey. We strive to encourage, sponsor and advance the achievement of high and ethical standards of practice for our members. We want to promote to the public scientific information and advancements in Pediatric Dentistry to better educate parents on the value of a pediatric dentist for their child.

Michelle Backhaus, DMD

NJAPD President

President's Message

My goal as your president is to increase communication and collaboration for members in our state.  Our specialty is dedicated to providing the best care for all children and our organization will strive to provide the best continuing education for your pursuit of excellence.  I will be accessible to all members and will serve as a liaison for you to the NJ Dental Association and provide you with up to date information relevant for our state and our specialty.  Please join me and your colleagues at a meeting this year!  Camaraderie is a unique and valuable aspect of your membership.  I looking forward to serving as your president.