Members donate time to save smiles across country

June 29, 2006
Academy of General Dentistry recognizes members who take part in Donated Dental Services program.

CHICAGO--The Academy of General Dentistry acknowledges more than 100 AGD members who have given their time and energy to Donated Dental Services.

The program links elderly or disabled patients with local dentists to receive free, comprehensive dental treatment, thus touching thousands of lives.

"We would like to extend our appreciation and congratulations to our AGD
members who on top of the required 75 hours of continuing education they
must take to maintain their AGD membership every three years, have gone
above and beyond to assist others," said AGD President Bruce Burton, DMD,

In 1986, the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped
launched its first DDS program. Since then AGD members, along with other dental professionals, have helped almost 70,000 disabled and elderly people
receive more than $100 million worth of free, comprehensive and donated

Endorsed by the AGD, the DDS program is a welcome option for many who cannot afford treatment or receive public aid--and it offers dentists an easy but important way to give back to their communities.

The AGD strives to serve the needs and represent the interests of general
dentists, to promote the oral health of the public, and to foster continued
proficiency of general dentists through quality continuing dental education
in order to better serve the public.

For more information or to get involved, contact NFDH at (8880 471-6334 or visit