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.

Practice Issues

Oct 26, 2017, 13:15 PM

Botox and other facial injectables

The AGD supports general dentists receiving education on, and the performance of botulinum toxin and cosmetic dermal filler procedures.

The Academy of General Dentistry encourages its constituents to lobby their state/provincial dental licensing authorities to expand the scope of practice for general dentists to include the administration of facial injectables for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes.

Corporate Guidelines and Mandates

The AGD is opposed, as unduly burdensome to general dentistry and the patients it serves, to all corporate mandates that require specified quantities of utilization of the corporation’s products in patient’s dental treatment, without any qualitative assessment of each dentist’s proficiency with the products and without substantial clinical evidence of patient harm as a result of utilization in less than the specified quantities, as prerequisites for continued access to the use of the corporation’s product.

Dental Sealant

Dental sealants shall be placed only following proper diagnosis by a licensed dentist, with periodic evaluation by a licensed dentist.

Environmental “best management” practices

The AGD urges dentists to support environmental “best management” practices, and that the AGD constituents be encouraged to work with their counterpart dental societies to promote environmental best management practices. Read "AGD Successfully Advocates for Changes to EPA’s Proposed Amalgam Rule."


The AGD supports the administration of influenza vaccinations and other vaccinations by general dentists who have attained the training and education to do so.

Additional Reading 

"9 Questions You Should Ask Before Buying a Practice"
"Controlling Overhead to Increase New Income"
"How to Reduce Fraud Risk In Your Dental Practice"
"Informed Consent & Other Lessons Learned at Trial
"Planning for a Financially Secure Future"
"Preparing Your Team to Treat Sleep Apnea Patients
"Protecting Patient Privacy on Social Media"
"The Data Bank Evolution"
" The Impact of Drug Shortages in Dentistry"

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