Patient Resources

The resources and information below are provided by the national Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Please continue reading below to find out more about the AGD and why you might like to locate a member of the AGD as your general dentist.

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How does my dentist’s membership in the AGD benefit me?

Your general dentist cares about long-term dental health for you and your family and demonstrates that concern by belonging to the AGD. AGD members are dedicated to continuing education (CE) to help them stay up-to-date on the latest procedures to provide you and your family with quality treatment. Active AGD members agree to complete 75 hours of CE every three years.


What is the AGD?

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 39,000 general dentists from the United States and Canada. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the second largest dental association in the United States. It’s the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. The AGD Headquarters is located in Chicago.


What is Fellowship in the AGD?

To earn a Fellowship Award in the AGD (FAGD), your dentist must complete a minimum of 500 CE credit hours, pass a comprehensive exam, and have been an AGD member for three continuous years. After receiving Fellowship, your dentist may publicize his or her award by adding the FAGD designation to his or her name.


What is Mastership in the AGD?

To attain a Mastership Award in the AGD (MAGD), your dentist must be a Fellow in the AGD. Then your dentist must earn an additional 600 approved CE credits, meeting minimum requirements in certain dental disciplines, of which 400 hours are hands-on courses. After receiving Mastership, your dentist may publicize his or her award by adding the MAGD designation to his or her name.


Does the AGD offer any resources for my family and me?

Check out the AGD’s consumer website,, to search more than 300 oral health topics or to find an AGD dentist in your area. Also, visit the AGD’s website,, to learn more information about the association.


On occasion, our office receives calls from the public seeking information on how to become a patient within a student learning environment.  Usually, we find these individuals have confused us with the dental school at UAB.  If this describes your situation, please click here for information on the general dentistry student clinics at UAB.