Founded in 1859, the American Dental Association is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. Learn more about the ADA’s mission and vision, and our commitment to the public’s oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement and access to care for all Americans.
A general dentist who is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD) has been recognized by other general dentists as a leader and exemplifies to other dentists the importance of quality continuing education. To earn the FAGD a dentist must complete a minimum of 500 continuing education hours, pass a comprehensive exam and have been a member of the Academy for three continuous years.
The ICD is the world's oldest and largest honor society for dentists. Fellowship in the college is extended by invitation only. A nominated dentist must pass a rigorous peer review process leading to the recognition as a Fellow.