Pediatric Dentistry is the branch and specialty of dentistry concerned with providing primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health diagnosis, care, and consultative expertise for infants and children through adolescence, including those of all ages with special care needs.


The NDSE in pediatric dentistry tests a candidate’s knowledge and clinical competence in paediatric dentistry at the specialty level in Canada. 


Canadian pediatric dental specialists are required to have broad knowledge and skills in fourteen domains. The blueprint below presents the fourteen domains and the approximate percentage of the entire exam covered by each domain. 

Pediatric Blueprint Approximate %
of questions
Growth and development 8
Cariology, Preventive Dentistry & Anticipatory Guidance 8
Restorative Dentistry / Oral Rehabilitation 12
Child Development & Non-pharmacological Behaviour Guidance 8
Pharmacological Behaviour Guidance 8
Pharmacology 5
Oro-facial Trauma 10
Medical Management  10
Oral Diagnosis / Oral Pathology / Oral Medicine / Oral Radiology 10
Periodontology 5
Pulp Therapy 10
Infection Control and Occupational Hazards 2
Biostatistics/Epidemiology 2
Record Keeping and Informed Consent 2
Total 100%


The examination will consist of two, three-hour parts. The examination format consists of a mix of stand-alone short and long answer questions that assess knowledge and application, and case-based questions that assess diagnostic and clinical decision-making ability.