Section of Pediatric Dentistry

Contact Us

Jesse Saldana, Section Administrator
(310) 825-0691   Email

Dr. Daniela Silva, Chair

The mission of the faculty and staff of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry is to improve the health of the people of California by educating residents, students, and practitioners about the physical and mental growth of children and the art and science of pediatric dentistry. This mission is accomplished/fulfilled by researching the causes, prevention, and treatment of dental diseases and craniofacial abnormalities in the infant, child, and adolescent patient and by providing service to our patients and to the community at large.

Teaching Program

The Section of Pediatric dentistry is involved in teaching dental students, postgraduate trainees, and members of the dental profession from within and outside of the United States.

  • Predoctoral Program - The objective with predoctoral education is to ensure that students become competent dentists able to provide routine preventative, diagnostic, and clinical treatment for children presenting with uncomplicated treatment needs.  The predoctoral program teaches the basic behavioral and mechanical skills needed to treat healthy children in dental practice.

Research

The members of this Section promote and participate in high-quality research and sponsored activities to increase knowledge and ensure early prevention of dental diseases of the children of America.

Patient Care

Through our University and outreach clinics we promote and provide exceptional service and care for the children of our community. Pediatric dentistry services are provided by student dentists and resident dentists at the Children's Dental Center in Westwood and at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. Additional information about the Children's Dental Center in Westwood.

Several of the full-time faculty provide pediatric dental services to the children of faculty, staff, students and the general public in the Faculty Group Dental Practice, located in the 100 Medical Plaza building.

Section Full-time Faculty