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.
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 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.
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