AGD Foundation Highlights at AGD2024

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AGD, is committed to raising awareness of oral and oropharyngeal cancer, educating about risk factors and prevention, and passionately supporting the general dentist as a first line of defense against this deadly disease. Dentists can often detect oral/oropharyngeal cancer in its early stages, which is why the dental community holds responsibility for raising awareness of this disease and overall oral health in both patients and the general public. 

Our ultimate vision is to prevent oral/oropharyngeal cancer and its recurrence. Through our offerings at AGD2024, such as free oral cancer screenings, awareness programs, and spotlighting our annual grant program, we are actively working towards this goal. Support our mission and raise awareness at AGD2024 by getting a free oral cancer screening and bidding in the 2024 Electronic Silent Auction.

Stop By For a Free Oral Cancer Screening

To raise awareness of oral and oropharyngeal cancer, the AGD Foundation will host free oral cancer screenings for registered AGD2024 attendees and exhibitors. Take advantage of this opportunity to help protect your health. Five minutes could save your life. Screenings may help prevent oral and oropharyngeal cancer through early detection and referral for suspicious lesions. 

More than 54,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with oral or oropharyngeal this year alone.  According to a recent World Congress in Italy, the number of people affected by oropharyngeal cancer, especially of the tonsil, has grown significantly worldwide. In fact, in thirty years it has increased by 300 percent. The main culprit is the human papillomavirus (Hpv), a predominantly sexually transmitted infection.

This pathology is part of the head and neck cancers which represent 17 percent of all cancers worldwide. The disease is particularly dangerous because it can go unnoticed in its preliminary stages. Early detection is key, and, in many cases, a dentist is the first healthcare provider to identify early signs and symptoms. Oncologists say oropharyngeal cancer incidence will be reduced due to the benefits of HPV vaccination, oncologists say, but the decline in cases will only be seen from 2060.

Join the QR Code Queue!

Stop by the AGDF booth and hop on the QR Code “Queue.” Conference attendees can scan a variety of QR codes to receive AGDF's complimentary waiting room flyers on Oral Cancer Awareness, access our Donations page on our new website, become an eBulletin Board subscriber, and access the latest resource for patients and practitioners – the Oral Cancer Toolkit.

Bid, Win, Make a Difference. Participate in the Silent Auction Fundraiser!

A major part of our fundraising efforts includes the AGD Foundation Electronic Silent Auction Fundraiser. The electronic silent auction will be open 24/7 during AGD2024 to AGD’s 40,000 members, as well as their friends and families, via smartphones. Several auction items will be displayed on-site at AGD2024.  

Use your smartphone, iPad, or laptop to bid on hotel getaway packages, state-of-the-art dental equipment and dental instruments, CE courses, artwork, jewelry, and more. Want to support the work of the AGD Foundation? It’s not too late to submit an item to the fundraiser.

Learn About Our Grant Program

The AGD Foundation Grant Program fulfills the Foundation’s mission by offering financial support for programs that promote oral and oropharyngeal cancer awareness, education, and/or screening that is independent of standard dental practice.

In 2023, grant funding was awarded to the following organizations in their support of their oral cancer awareness initiatives.

  • Omni Family Health
    Bakersfield, CA
    Title of Grant: Enrichment of Omni Family Health’s Oral Cancer Prevention Program
  • Marshall Dentistry and Oral Surgery
    Huntington, WV
    Title of Grant: All You Have to do is Say Ahh! Oral cancer screening program

AGD constituents are encouraged to visit the AGD Foundation Booth to learn more about the grant program.

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The AGD Foundation is grateful for the following corporate donors for their support.


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