Associations and Awards

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Board Certified Pediatric Dentist – Professional Excellence

What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist? A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has completed an American Dental Association accredited graduate program in the specialty of pediatrics. A dentist who graduates from a specialty program in pediatrics is eligible to become board certified through the voluntary examination process of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Involvement in the certification process is a demonstration of the pediatric dentist’s desire to pursue proficiency and excellence. To be on staff at most hospitals, this is now required.  

The certification process involves a thorough written examination covering all areas of information on which a pediatric dental specialist should be knowledgeable. Once the written exam is passed, the second step is to pass a vigorous oral examination. After successful passage of these phases, the candidate is required to submit case histories demonstrating ‘real life’ treatment. Upon completion of these steps, the pediatric dental specialist is granted ‘board certified’ status. Not all pediatric dentists are ‘board certified’. 

Tennessee Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (TNAPD) 

Dr. McNutt has been actively participating in his professional associations even while in school. He has served as President of the TNAPD twice and has been acting TNAPD Treasurer for over twenty years. He has also won certificates for his continuing education efforts. It is very important to all practitioners who are given the privilege and responsibility to care for children to do so in a way that brings honor to our profession while delivering the best of care. Dr. McNutt is also a member of the American Dental Association, Tennessee Dental Association, Nashville Dental Society, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Orthodontic Society.  

Outstanding Care

Dr. McNutt has been recognized in multiple publications for his excellent patient care. Most recently he was voted to the Top Dentists List in Nashville Lifestyle Magazine. 

American Orthodontic Society

Having fulfilled all of the requirements and because of his interest in advancing the goals of orthodontics, Dr. McNutt has been a member of the AOS since 1991.