As every parent knows, working with children definitely keeps you on your toes. But all it takes is one smile or funny comment to completely make your day!
Being a pediatric dentist is easily the most rewarding field in dentistry. By working hand-in-hand with families, I am able to help establish good oral health practices. At every visit, I try my utmost to make sure each child has a positive, stress-free experience.
All treatment is provided in a safe, supportive environment where the children we see are greeted with the warmth and respect they would receive were they our own. Dental appointments can also sometimes be stressful for the rest of the family, so I do all I can to work with everyone involved to make their visit an easy and enjoyable one, as well.
The best part of alleviating anxiety about the dentist in children is getting them to enjoy seeing us as much as we enjoy seeing them! This positive outlook toward their dental visits, and self-care learned by my patients, leads to a lifetime of winning experiences at the dentist for them and their families.
Our practice is welcoming and friendly. It is dedicated to providing gentle, comprehensive, and quality oral health care tailored to your child’s dental and emotional needs. We strive to be a leader in pediatric oral healthcare delivery and education for children, parents, and other healthcare providers.
My educational background consists of:
- University of Washington – Bachelor of Science, cell and molecular biology, 2004
- University of Washington – Doctorate of Dental Surgery, 2008
- University of Illinois at Chicago – Master’s in oral sciences, 2010
- University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry and Medical Center – Pediatric dentistry specialty residency and certificate, 2010
- Diplomate, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2008
- Board certification, Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, 2011
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 2012
- Basic Life Support, current
- Pediatric Advanced Life Support, current
Publications and Research
Davidson B., Vergotine ;R., Punwani I., Koerber A., Crawford J. Parental Attitudes Regarding Pediatric Dentists Counseling on Tobacco Use. Pediatr Dent. 2013 Nov-Dec; 35(7):515-518.
- Study examining the role pediatric dentists could play in providing tobacco cessation education to both patients and parents
- Published in Pediatric Dentistry, Nov-Dec 2013.
Sheller B., Churchill S.S., Williams B.J., Davidson B. Body mass index of children with severe early childhood caries. Pediatr Dent. 2009 May-Jun; 31(3):216-21.
- National Institute of Health-funded research project examining the body mass index of children with severe caries
- Collaboration with research team: Dr. Bryan Williams, Director of Department of Dental Medicine Seattle Children’s Hospital; Dr. Barbara Sheller, Chief, Education and Resident Training, Seattle Children’s Hospital; and Shervin Churchill, Statistician, Center for Children with Special Needs
- Published in Pediatric Dentistry, May-June 2009.
Lin S., Kim S., Davidson B., Farquharson K. A review of pediatric dentistry program websites: what are applicants learning about our programs? J Dent Educ. 2010 Jun; 74(6):654-60.
- Collaboration with faculty members in University of Washington Department of Pediatric Dentistry on project studying the role of program websites as a marketing tool in academic dentistry recruitment
- Published in the Journal of Dental Education, June 2010.
It is my belief that education never ends. Staying relevant requires constant modification of, and addition to, one’s existing knowledge. So I do all I can to stay on top of current technology and research. The educational opportunities I pursue regularly exceed the amount required for my yearly continuing education classes in all aspects of pediatric dentistry.
Participation in professional organizations affords me an opportunity to discuss the latest advances with a large body of colleagues while having access to the latest research and findings within my field.
Consequently, I am an active member of the following professional organizations:
- American Dental Association
- Diplomate, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Board certification, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, College of Diplomates
- Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- Washington State Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Past president, Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society
- Executive board, Thurston-Mason Counties Dental Society
- Washington State Dental Association
I grew up in Olympia and attended Capital High School. My father is a dentist as well, and some of my earliest memories are of my two brothers and I playing with the “water gun” and “super straw” in my dad’s office (I’m sure we made quite the mess at times!).
Due to my father’s influence, I always had an interest in dentistry growing up. While attending the University of Washington for college, I used to volunteer once a week in the dental clinic at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. The experiences I had there solidified for me that I wanted to pursue a career in dentistry, specifically working with children.
After college I was fortunate enough to be accepted at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. After four years of dental school, I was offered a residency position in the pediatric dental specialty program at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Dentistry and Medical Center.
In Chicago, I spent two years solely focusing on treating children in both clinical and hospital settings. I also conducted research at the university and was awarded a master’s in oral sciences.
I have always been an avid sports fan, especially college sports (Go Huskies!). In my free time, I enjoy fishing, golfing, traveling, and trying new recipes in the kitchen. My wife Elisabeth and I, and our daughter Emilia love living in the Olympia area, where we are able to relax on the water or hike in the mountains with our dog Josie.