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What Is the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)?


The AGD is a nonprofit international organization with 37,000 member dentists from the United States and Canada. It was founded in 1952.

The AGD strives to provide the best possible patient care through its dedication to the continuing dental education of its members. In addition, it provides the public with information to help make informed choices about personal dental care and treatments.

What sets the AGD apart from other dental organizations?

The AGD is the only organization dedicated solely to the general dentist. Committed to providing quality care and patient education to the public, AGD members are required to take 75 hours of continuing education courses every three years. However, most members average more than 40 hours each year.

How does my dentist's membership in the AGD benefit me and my family?

Your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD. Members are dedicated to continuing dental education to help them stay up to date on the latest procedures and provide you and your family with quality treatment. The general dentist who remains committed to education is better able to offer you and your family a variety of diagnosis and treatment choices.

How can I find out if my dentist is a member of the AGD?

If you don't know whether or not your dentist is a member of the AGD, just ask!  It is important to have an open and honest dialogue with your dentist.  If he or she is not a member of the AGD, ask your dentist about his or her commitment to continuing education. The more continuing education he or she acquires, the more treatments and services he or she can provide to you and your family.

How do I find an AGD dentist in my area?

If you're interested in finding an AGD dentist in your area, visit the AGD's "Find a Dentist" service on Simply enter your ZIP code or other information to receive the names, addresses and phone numbers of AGD member dentists in your area.
Reviewed: January 2012