José C. Polido, DDS, MS

Attending Dentist
Head, Division of Dentistry
Associate Professor of Clinical Dentistry, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

José C. Polido, DDS, MS, is a board certified pediatric dentist.  He is Head of the Division of Dentistry at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Dentry at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the Unsiversity of Southern California.


Medical School

Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil - CD (DDS)

Graduate School

Master of Sciences in Craniofacial Biology, The Graduate School, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Advanced Program in Pediatric Dentistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Hospital Pediatric Dentistry Residency – Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, Downey, CA, USA



American Board of Pediatric Dentistry – Diplomate, October 2005

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry


Local and State

Pediatric Dentistry Alumni of the University of Southern California – President 2007-8

Los Angeles County Dental Society

California Dental Association

California Society of Pediatric Dentistry

Member of Committee on Continuing Education

Chair of the Sub-Committee on Online Education – 2005-7

Member of Editorial Committee – 2002-2008

  Member of Child Advocacy Committee – 2001 - 2004         


American Dental Association

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association

American Telemedicine Association


Associação Brasileira de Odontologia

AGOPED – Associação Gaúcha de Odontopediatria

Medical Awards

The Momery Award – 1998 - by the USC Pediatric Dentistry Alumni Association. Outstanding Research Presentation “The effects of xylitol in enamel remineralization”

Outstanding Contributions to Dentistry for Children from the Southern California Society of Dentistry for Children. Certificate of Appreciation. March 21, 2006



Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Lane CJ, Polido JC. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2015 Sep;45(9):2876-88. doi: 10.1007/s10803-015-2450-5.

Feasibility of a sensory-adapted dental environment for children with autism. Cermak SA, Stein Duker LI, Williams ME, Lane CJ, Dawson ME, Borreson AE, Polido JC. American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2015 May-Jun;69(3):6903220020p1-10. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2015.013714.

The association between dental health and procedures and developing shunt infections in pediatric patients. Moazzam AA, Nehrer E, Da Silva SL, Polido JC, Arakelyan A, Habibian M, Krieger MD. Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics. 2014 Nov;14(5):508-13. doi: 10.3171/2014.8.PEDS1444. Epub 2014 Sep 12.

Physiological and behavioral stress and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders during routine oral care. Stein LI, Lane CJ, Williams ME, Dawson ME, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Biomed Research International. 2014;2014:694876. doi: 10.1155/2014/694876. Epub 2014 Jul 10.

Oral care and sensory over-responsivity in children with autism spectrum disorders. Stein LI, Polido JC, Cermak SA. Pediatric Dentistry. 2013 May-Jun;35(3):230-5.


Research Summary
  • Oral health care for children with special health care needs
  • eHealth / Teledentistry applications, access to care
  • Enamel de- and remineralization
  • Enamel microstructure 
  • Hospital Pediatric Dentistry
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Early Childhood Caries (preventive therapies, xylitol)

Dr. Polido is interested in oral healthcare for children with special healthcare needs.  He is the Co-principal Investigator of the Teledentistry Program at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, funded by the California Wellness Foundation, The Harold McAlister Charitable Foundation and the California Telemedicine and eHealth Center.

Research in Progress:

Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism – Co-Investigator, R34 funded by NIDCR, 2012-2014

Sensory Adapted Dental Environments to Enhance Oral Care for Children with Autism – Co-Investigator, UO1 funded by NIDCR, 2015-2020.