What is the Academy of General Dentistry?

Both Dr. Ashkan Alizadeh and Dr. Maryam Saleh of Carmichael’s Marconi Dental Group are associated with the Academy of General Dentistry. What is the Academy of General Dentistry? Why should it make you more confident in our practice as a center for dentistry?

The Academy of General Dentistry Explained

Dentists are already expected to study for at least eight years before they can begin to practice. For most, this represents four years of undergraduate study, usually in the sciences, and four more years of graduate study at a dental school. Afterwards, continuing education (also abbreviated as CE) is necessary to guarantee knowledge of new techniques, oral health discoveries and developing dental technology. Although almost all dentists participate in some form of continuing education, it can often be without a driving goal or purpose. In contrast, the Academy of General Dentistry provides a rigorous form of academic direction and testing to help dentists become better practitioners. The result is better service for their patients as a result of their studies.


For example, Dr. Saleh is a Fellow of the Academy (FAGD). This means that she completed 500 hours of CE and passed the Fellowship exam. Therefore, she has demonstrated an excellent knowledge of and interest in “currently accepted knowledge, techniques and practices in general dentistry.”


Dr. Alizadeh is a Master with the Academy (MAGD). This designation requires 1,100 hours of CE, and the majority of it must be in specified dental courses. It also requires that the candidate pass all of the requirements for a Fellow of the Academy.

As a result of their accomplishments, you can be certain that both Dr. Alizadeh and Dr. Saleh have a demonstrated interest in staying current with modern dentistry. This brings great benefits to their patients. Not only are they consistently using best practices, but they are also offering a wider array of treatment options. When you require a consultation, treatment, or a second opinion for a dental problem, you can trust the judgment, techniques and equipment found at the Marconi Dental Group.

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