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Academy of General Dentistry Partners with Colgate-Palmolive
Date:1/6/2009

AGD Members to Benefit from Continuing Dental Education Programs

CHICAGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) and Colgate-Palmolive are pleased to announce a year long partnership to provide quality continuing dental education (CDE) programs to educate AGD members. Together, the AGD and Colgate aim to raise awareness for the connection between oral and overall health, as well as advance the value and excellence of general dentistry and the dental profession to ultimately benefit patients.

"The AGD understands the importance of ensuring quality educational courses to enhance and develop our members' understanding and knowledge of oral health topics that will ultimately benefit their patients as well as the public," says AGD President, Paula S. Jones, DDS, FAGD. "This partnership with Colgate represents a collaborative effort to provide this profession, dental patients and the public with the resources and education necessary to provide proper oral health."

Poor oral health and untreated oral diseases and conditions can have a significant impact on the quality of life. In fact, more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases have oral manifestations and findings indicate a relationship between periodontal (gum) disease and stroke, heart disease and preterm low-birth-weight babies.

One solution the AGD and Colgate developed to help educate member general dentists about this topic and bring awareness to the public, are local educational courses. For example, in 2009, Colgate will sponsor up to nine courses that all AGD constituents and their local members will have an opportunity to participate in and earn continuing education credits. In addition, during the 2009 AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits in Baltimore, Md., July 8-12, member general dentists and their dental teams will be able to take part in an educational course specifically developed to increase at
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