Meet Dr. Ben

An experienced Pediatric Dental Specialist who continues to train in all areas of this profession. These areas include such as orthodontics, implants, bone grafting, growth morphology, facial development, cariology, various sedation techniques, painless dentistry techniques, and psychological techniques relating to behavior management in special need patients and children.


As the eldest son of a local businessman and a school teacher I have been trained on the reward of helping others within our community.


Having been raised in the area, I am devoted to the protection of our children’s future and health through dental education and the dental arts with patients, parents, grandparents, family, and friends.


I have been married to my lovely wife, Melissa, since 2002. Melissa is a Registered Nurse (RN) and has been working in the nursing field since 2000. We have one son, Zeb, and one daughter, Zoe, who keep us on our toes all the time.



Residency: Pediatric Dentistry 1999-2001

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA

Certificate of Pediatric Dentistry


Doctor of Dental Medicine 1994-1998

College of Dentistry, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Bachelor of Science, Microbiology Major, Chemistry Minor 1992-1994

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL


Associate of Science, 1990-1992

Chipola Junior College, Marianna, FL



1998 Biomaterials Award, College of Dentistry, University of Florida


1998 High Achievement Award for Curriculum of Dental Care for Persons with Disabilities, Academy of Dentistry for Person with Disabilities



Contributing Investigator for Research of Enamel Hypoplasia by Frank Courts, DDS and Jana Autio, DDS.


Thesis on Mineral Trioxide Aggregate and the Biomaterial Science of its Bioactivity



Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Dental Association American

Orthodontic Society Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Florida Dental Political Action Committee

Florida Dento Facial Study Group

Jackson Hospital Marianna Rotary Club

Northwest Florida Dental Association

Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, Marianna, FL - Dr. Ben Saunders