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History of the IAPD

Brief History  

The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) was founded in 1969, under the name   "International Association of  Dentistry for Children". It started with a  membership of 11 national societies and a supporting membership of 270 pediatric dentists, which has grown to 73 national societies and over 3000 members today. It was during the Kyoto Congress in 1991 that IADC changed its name adopting the title "International Association of Paediatric Dentistry".

The aim of the Association was to act as an International Forum for certified pediatric dentists and general dental practitioners with an interest in treating children. Since that time the members and worldwide influence of the Association have expanded so that now, through its national societies it represents over 15,000 dentists.

The management and administration of the IAPD is entrusted to an elected Board of Directors and all decisions are approved by the Council that consists of the representatives of the National Member Societies.
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Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the IAPD: History Wall

History Wall

We would like to take you on a journey through time. Take a look at our special History Wall that commemorated the IAPD Golden Jubilee during the 2019 Congress that took place in Cancun, Mexico. 

Click Here to see the IAPD History Wall.


The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969, with the objective to contribute to the progress and promotion of oral health for children around the globe.

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IAPD now has 72 National Member Societies and represents more than 15,000 dentists.

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