The mission of the Florida Academy of General Dentistry is to serve as an advocate for general dentists, to promote improved delivery of patient care by fostering continuing education and to increase public awareness of quality dentistry and those who provide it throughout the State of Florida.
To be the premier organization of general dentists, dedicated to improving the quality and delivery of comprehensive dental services, education, health promotion and wellness.
Who we are
The Florida Academy of General Dentistry is one of the most active state Academies in the nation. We represent more than 1,600 of the 37,000 members currently in the Academy of General Dentistry.
We are the only organization dedicated solely to the general dentist. The Florida Academy of General Dentistry offers a variety of quality continuing education courses throughout the year, to assist our members in providing quality care and dental education to their patients. Other activities in which the Florida AGD is involved include promoting general dentistry to the public, publishing (our newsletter), and serving as a voice for the general practitioner.
What is a general dentist?
A general dentist is the primary dental care provider for patients of all ages. The general dentist is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.
What is the Academy of General Dentistry?
The Academy of General Dentistry is a non-profit international organization of 37,000 dentists from the United States, its territories and Canada who are dedicated to continuing dental education to provide the best possible care to the patient. It was founded in 1952.
When a dentist is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry . . .
It means the dentist is dedicated to continuing education as a means of staying up-to-date on the latest procedures and technologies. Dentistry is ever-changing and continues to grow with new research and discovery. The dentist who is up-to-date in general dentistry is better able to offer the patient the variety of choices currently available in diagnosis and treatment.
Members dedicated to continuing dental education have made a conscious commitment to their patients to remain current with the advances and changes in the profession. Members never stop learning since the Academy requires a 75-hour schedule of continuing education every three years. Survey show, however, that members average more than 40 hours each year.
Additional goals our members strive for are Fellowship and Mastership status. In order to qualify for the Fellowship award, members must complete a minimum of 500 credit hours of continuing education and pass a comprehensive 400-question examination. For the Mastership award, members must receive their Fellowship and then take an additional 600 hours of continuing education in 16 disciplines of dentistry, including 400 hours of hands-on courses.