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Clarkson Dental Group
1748 Clarkson Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship

How to know if your Chesterfield dentist provides the most optimal care for you and your family.

April 20, 2020
Posted By: Scott C. Mahlin, DDS, FAGD, FICOI
Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship

Dr. Scott Mahlin is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) dentist! What does that mean for you and your family as patients of Clarkson Dental Group?

FAGD stands for Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.  Earning the Fellowship takes years of dedication to dental continuing education (CE) that goes far beyond dental school graduation. Only about 6 percent of general dentists in the U.S. and Canada have acquired the distinction as an AGD Fellow. When you see a Chesterfield dentist with FAGD after their name, you can rest assured that they care about knowing the latest techniques and best practices in dentistry. AGD Fellows learn to successfully perform the latest techniques in a classroom setting multiple times a year — not every dentist does this.

Academy of General Dentistry Fellowship

How does a dentist become a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry?

To become an AGD Fellow, a dentist must complete the following:

  • Complete over 500 credit hours of CE.
  • Earn 350 of those 500 credits in live continuing education courses.
  • Successfully pass a comprehensive exam equal in difficulty to board certification examinations.
  • Receipt of the distinguished award at the AGD Convocation Ceremony held at the AGD’s Scientific Sessions.  

How do I know if my dentist is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry?

For patients, the Academy of General Dentistry is a valuable and trusted source for dental health information.  To find a Chesterfield general dentist who has earned their Fellowship accreditation, please utilize the Know My Dentist resource from the AGD. 

What is the Academy of General Dentistry?

The Academy of General Dentistry has been a leading organization of general dentists for more than 60 years.  The AGD and supporting dentists are recognized as leaders in the field of dentistry.  The non-profit international organization strives for its member dentists to provide the best possible patient care through dedicated continuing dental education in the nine specialties of in dentistry: orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial radiology, periodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, public health, and oral and maxillofacial radiology.   


A dentist’s Fellowship accreditation through the Academy of General Dentistry acknowledges a thorough knowledge of all dental subspecialties.  The daily utilization of these learned modern-day practice techniques ensures we can provide optimal care for all our patients.  What is best for you and your family at Clarkson Dental Group reaffirms our position as health leaders in the St. Louis area. 

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