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Academy of General Dentistry Partners with Colgate-Palmolive

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 attendee's knowledge and understanding of the connection between oral and overall health.

"We are pleased to partner with the AGD to provide educational courses that will enhance the general dentistry profession and help further develop an understanding of this oral health topic," says Fotinos Panagakos, DMD, Ph.D., Director of Professional Relations, Colgate-Palmolive. "The AGD has displayed its commitment to providing its members and the dental profession with excellent continuing dental education programs and resources and we are pleased to be part of this initiative."

"We are looking forward to a successful year with Colgate as they share our vision to better educate general dentists and offer our members more advantages to access new and exciting educational experiences," says Dr. Jones.

About the Academy of General Dentistry

The AGD is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world's second largest dental association, which is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.

More than 786,000 persons are employed directly in the field of dentistry. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services related to patients' oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, please visit

About Colgate-Palmolive

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Mennen, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, Elmex, Tom's of Maine, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet. For more information about Colgate's global business, visit the company's Web site at

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