AGD supports excellence in general dentistry and the pursuit of professional development through lifelong learning. We have developed policies that serve the needs and represent the interests of general dentists; promote oral health to the public; and foster continued proficiency of general dentistry in order to better serve the public.
The following policies serve to provide structure and consensus about the intended behaviors and actions AGD supports.
Oral Health Education
Child’s first visit to dentist
The Academy of General Dentistry officially endorses the position that a child’s first visit to the dentist should occur within six months of the eruption of the first tooth.
School curricula – oral health education
The Academy of General Dentistry advocates incorporation of oral health education into primary and secondary school curricula with measurable outcomes, as a proven and cost effective disease prevention and universal health promotion program.
Soft drink consumption/pouring rights contracts
The Academy of General Dentistry, through its appropriate agencies, continue to review the supporting data concerning the oral health effects of the increasing consumption of beverages containing sugars, carbonation or acidic components. These products are commonly referred to as “soft drinks,” including but not limited to juice drinks, sports drinks and soda pop.
The Academy of General Dentistry encourages its constituents to work with education officials, pediatric and family practice physicians, dietetic professionals, parent groups, and other interested parties, to increase the awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy vending choices in schools, and to encourage the promotion of fluoridated water and beverages of high nutritional value.
The Academy of General Dentistry opposes contractual arrangements, including pouring rights contracts that influence the consumption patterns that promote increased access to ‘soft drinks’ for children.