Richard Dela Rosa, DDS
(Specialty Permit 06164)
Dr. Richard Dela Rosa loves being a pediatric dentist. For him, the specialty is more than addressing oral health: he knows that everything he does can make a profound impression in a child’s life. He enjoys being part of helping smiles grow healthy and strong, forming relationships with families, and having a positive, lasting impact on the children he sees and treats.
Dr. Dela Rosa particularly likes connecting with patients who might be fearful in new settings, such as the dental office. He works hard to ensure each child is able to leave the office smiling and feeling proud, whether they completed a challenging procedure or maintained a no-cavity streak.
Watching the progress of children gaining confidence in the dental chair, and educating patients and parents about oral health, are two aspects of his work that Dr. Dela Rosa especially values. Every little surprising milestone a parent observes with their child is a huge win for his day!
Education and Professional Affiliations
University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Sciences
Columbia University, Doctor of Dental Surgery
Montefiore Medical Center, Pediatric Dentistry Residency
Dr. Dela Rosa believes having a healthy smile is one of the most underrated features of a healthy person, while also one that many people struggle with throughout their lives. This belief led to his decision to become a pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentistry, like all areas of healthcare, is constantly evolving. Throughout the year, Dr. Dela Rosa completes many courses, live and online, in order to stay current on the latest in guidelines, technology, and techniques.
Additionally, Dr. Dela Rosa is a volunteer group leader with KIDS International Dental Services. Through the organization, he helps lead teams of dentists and dental students to provide oral healthcare to underserved populations around the world.
Volunteering keeps him grounded as a provider, and he is appreciative of being able to offer emergency treatment to children in other countries, children who would not otherwise receive care. These experiences allow Dr. Dela Rosa to connect with patients on the purest of levels, outside of a private office, without the confines of insurances and schedules influencing a the child’s essential dental care.
Dr. Dela Rosa is an active member of the:
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Northeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry
- New Jersey Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
He is also a former clinical professor at Columbia University.
After growing up in West Windsor, New Jersey, Dr. Dela Rosa now resides with his family in Mount Laurel. His free time is spent with his wife, Shirley, and their three children, Manolo, Sammy, and Jaclyn. They enjoy biking, bbqing, and heading to the shore as often as their busy lives allow.