From dental school to retirement, the AGD is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of the general dentist. The AGD offers benefits that cater to the changing needs of our members at every stage of their dental career.
Below are many benefits offered by the AGD. For more information on these benefits contact the National office at 888-243-3368.
AGD CE Recording
The AGD conveniently records all of your completed CE courses, and also tracks your progress toward the prestigious AGD Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) awards, via convenient online transcripts.
AGD CE Directory
Find quality CE opportunities close to home or around the world, all in one convenient place via the online CE Directory, which is searchable by topic, speaker, location, and more.
Online CE Opportunities
Find Web-based CE opportunities through the AGD that fit the demands of your busy schedule, including live webinars, recorded lectures, online Procter & Gamble courses, and Self-Instruction exercises.
Before you register for CE, look for the AGD PACE logo! PACE-approved program providers are evaluated for quality standards based on the educational processes they use in designing, planning, and implementing their CE, ensuring that you attend the highest quality courses approved for Fellowship and Mastership credit.
AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits
Earn CE, see the latest products and technology, and network with your colleagues at the premier dental event of the year—the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits! AGD members benefit from significantly discounted registration, which includes access to top lecturers, state-of-the-art participation courses, an innovative exhibit hall, and more.
Awards and Recognition
AGD Fellowship Award
Distinguish yourself professionally through quality CE with Fellowship in the AGD. To attain Fellowship, members must demonstrate a commitment to providing quality patient care through CE that keeps them current in both knowledge and skill. In addition to the 500 hours of approved CE credits that are required, members must also pass a comprehensive exam, submit a formal application, and attend a Convocation ceremony at the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits.
Fellowship Review Course
Register for the AGD’s Fellowship Review Course, and prepare to pass the Fellowship Exam, a 252-question, multiple-choice test that’s required to achieve Fellowship. The AGD hosts the two-day Fellowship Review Course twice a year—once in the summer at the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits and again in the fall. Attendees also have the option of taking the Fellowship Exam on the third day immediately following the review course.
AGD Mastership Award
Complete your journey to excellence with our highest honor—Mastership in the AGD. A professional designation within the AGD beyond Fellowship, Mastership reflects a general dentist’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care through continuing education.
Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition
Go beyond Mastership by pursuing the AGD’s Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition, which recognizes members who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and volunteer service within the dental community.
Advocacy and Representation
Take immediate action and get your voice heard by sending customized communications to your local and national legislators via Engage, the AGD’s quick and easy online advocacy portal.
Call for Volunteers
The AGD is always looking for great leaders at the local and national level. Answer our Call for Volunteers and use your unique skills and perspectives to guide our organization, our members, and the public toward a brighter future.
Get personalized assistance regarding third-party payer issues, learn how to assess the terms and ramifications of your insurance contracts with our free analysis service, and seek advice from your expert colleagues online via practice management video podcasts, special interest groups (SIGs), and member discussion forums.
AGD Career Center
Simplify your next career move by posting your resume, browsing career listings, and setting up job alerts online—all for FREE on the AGD Career Center. Already landed the perfect job? Manage your staffing effortlessly with an employer account that lets you post jobs and view resumes from some of the best dentists in the profession.
Build your new patient list with help from the Find an AGD Dentist patient referral program. As a member, you’re automatically enrolled so that patients in your area can connect with you through our online database or toll-free referral hotline.
Patient Education Tools
Provide your patients with dental education from a trusted resource by directing them to KnowYourTeeth.com, the AGD’s consumer Web portal which offers tools such as a dental diary widget to remind patients about appointments, a glossary of dental terms, monthly dental quizzes, and more. Plus, offer your patients educational reading materials in your waiting room with AGD Oral Health Fact Sheets, which cover a range of topics and are customized with your practice information.
AGD Product Review Directory
Determine which dental materials or office equipment to purchase with the AGD Product Review Directory which features evaluations of more than 200 products within 27 different product categories. Once you’ve purchased and tested the product yourself, return to the directory to post your own personal rating for other members to see.
AGD Mentor Program
Get ahead and stay ahead professionally by partnering one-on-one with a more experienced dentist member through the AGD’s Mentor Program, or share your own knowledge and expertise by mentoring a dental student or recent graduate member—you’re sure to learn a thing or two along the way!
Refer a Colleague Program
Make your voice count by spreading the word about AGD membership to nonmembers through the Refer a Colleague program, the AGD’s annual member-get-a-member campaign. Strengthen the voice of general dentistry through your recruitment efforts and earn special recruiter rewards and recognition!
AGD Membership Directory
Access the online AGD Membership Directory to find updated contact information for fellow members using a variety of search parameters. Use the directory to network, build referral relationships, and recruit nonmembers to the AGD.
AGD Impact and General Dentistry
Take the latest dental news and research with you wherever you go with subscriptions to the AGD’s premier publications, available in both print and digital formats! AGD Impact will keep you current on general dentistry news, while our award-winning clinical journal, General Dentistry, will inform you of all of the latest advancements in your field.
The Daily Grind
Subscribe to the AGD’s blog, The Daily Grind, and join member bloggers as they share their real-life stories as general dentists negotiating the balance between practice and family life.
AGD Podcast Series
Receive dental information the way you like it—on-the-go! As a member, you’ll have exclusive access to the AGD Podcast series, which offers instant access to industry news and interviews with notable general dentists, specialists, and other experts.
AGD Member Savings & Offers
Take advantage of a variety of discounted products and services through the AGD Member Savings & Offers Program that are designed to help you save money and manage your practice, including a website design service, liability and malpractice insurance, and professional financing solutions.