CHICAGO —The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), a professional association of more than 37,000 general dentists who are dedicated to professional excellence through the pursuit of continuing education, is pleased to announce that Nicholas C. Davis, DDS, MAGD, of Laguna Beach, Calif., has earned the 2012 Lifelong Learning & Service Recognition (LLSR). Dr. Davis received this recognition for his commitment to learning, volunteering his services to communities in need, mentoring associates and new dentists, and participating in organized dentistry.The LLSR is presented to AGD members who have gone above and beyond earning the association’s highest honor of Mastership. To accomplish this recognition, Dr. Davis completed at least 1,600 hours of continuing dental education in 16 different dental disciplines. In addition, recipients must complete at least 100 hours of dental-related community or volunteer service.“Recipients of the LLSR are true leaders among our organization and wholly embrace the AGD’s core principles and ideals,” says AGD President Howard Gamble, DMD, FAGD. “For Dr. Davis, this award symbolizes a career of excellence in dentistry and demonstrates the characteristics of a role model to his fellow dentists and to members of the community.”Dr. Davis received a doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry in 1973, and currently practices dentistry in Newport Beach, Calif. In addition to the AGD, Dr. Davis is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, the California Dental Association, and is the president of the Orange County Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Davis, and his wife, Kiki, have two of children, Christopher and Kia. Since its inception in 2005, only 158 of the AGD’s 37,000-plus members have received the prestigious LLSR recognition.For more information about the AGD, visit www.agd.org.