Dr. David Rothman

Session Date:  Thursday October 19, 2023

Session Time:  6 PM – 9 PM

Presenter Name: Dr. David Rothman


We do what we were taught in dental school despite time and research passing us by. We sometimes jump on the bandwagon because something sounds good but may be of dubious scientific backing. In this presentation, we’ll look at commonly held but not scientifically based myths in kid’s dentistry that have been perpetuated by dentists and the “Lay” media for years (including many old wives’ tales that have been around for 5000 years in Hindu and Sumarian writings which are still practiced or believed.). These will include local anesthesia, the notorious minimally invasive dentistry, restorations, pulp therapy and crowns, preventive dentistry, growth and development including treating the frenum, radiography and behavior management. We’ll look at the difference between common sense, science and factless fantasy promulgated by Influencers on social media, salespersons and in trade publications. Appropriate for all members of the dental team. 


  • to review how to read and evaluate literature for scientific merit
  • to learn and incorporate procedures which have been scientifically evaluated and reviewed
  • to be able to discuss with scientific acumen, the new procedures and materials which are rolled out each year in a never ending array of options 

About The Speaker

Dr. David L. Rothman received his B.A. cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his D.D.S. from New York University College of Dentistry. Following a General Practice Residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and an Anesthesiology Residency at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, he completed his Pediatric Dentistry Residency at Children’s Hospital in Oakland and the University of California, San Francisco. He remained at U.C.S.F. to become the Director of the Pediatric Dentistry Residency program and in 1989 assumed the Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. In 1998 he entered full time private practice in San Francisco though he had maintained a private practice limited to Pediatric Dentistry and dentistry for children with special needs since completing his residency in 1983. He maintains a faculty position as Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Case Western Reserve School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Rothman is Board Certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He chaired the Anesthesia and Sedation Subcommittee of the AAPD and served on Committee H of CDEL of the ADA. He is past president of the California Society of Dentistry for Children, the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry. He is President of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and a member of the board of the California Dental Society of Anesthesiology. He has chaired the CDA CoVid 19 Workforce Committee on Procedures and Protocols. Dr. Rothman is a longtime member of the Board of Managers of CDA Presents, the committee that is responsible for the semiannual educational meetings of the California Dental Association. He is also past Editor of the San Francisco Dental Society. Honors include membership in the OKU Delta Delta Chapter and the Pierre Fauchard Academy and he is a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. He has served on the Boards of the Dental Health Foundation and Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. Dr. Rothman was Chief Examiner in Pediatric Dentistry of the British Columbia College of Dental Surgeons and currently serves as an examiner for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. He has practiced and taught with the international medical group Heart to Heart in Leningrad/St. Petersburg, Russia. He is a member of the medical staffs of Children’s Hospital/Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center and Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

As course director for the Pediatric sedation course of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology he implemented a new curriculum and coordinates and lectures. Dr. Rothman has been published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, the Journal of the American Dental Association, the Journal of the American Society of Dentistry for Children, ADSA Pulse as well as various component newsletters. He recently (2019) was guest editor for two issues of the Journal of the California Dental Association on Safety in Dentistry. His most recent publication, Remineralization Therapy for Children was published in the January 2022 issue of Inside Dental Hygiene. He lectures nationally and internationally to dental and medical groups in the areas of pediatric dentistry and dental materials, behavior management, pain control, sedation, anesthesia and hospital dentistry. In his not-so-spare time he is fully immersed in music, loves the outdoors, skis, hikes, kayaks, vintage races his 64 MGB, and reads voraciously.

He can be contacted via Email Dr. Rothman, 415 333 6811, and through his office is at 2301 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127.


Dr. David Rothman