EFFINGHAM, IL--(Marketwired - June 21, 2016) - Heartland Dental, LLC, the largest dental support organization in the country, is a supporting corporate donor for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Foundation, specifically supporting its oral cancer awareness initiatives during the AGD 2016 dental meeting held July 14th - 17th in Boston.
"It's a pleasure to support the AGD Foundation, specifically the upcoming AGD 2016 event," said Rick Workman, DMD, founder and active executive chairman at Heartland Dental. "This event will offer dentists of all ages and experience levels, as well as dental students, valuable continuing education opportunities."
Featuring industry-leading exhibitors, AGD 2016 offers educational opportunities, networking and camaraderie between dental professionals. The AGD Foundation will hold specific events at the meeting to support its oral cancer awareness initiatives, including free oral cancer screenings for the public. There will also be an electronic silent auction for hotel getaway packages, state-of-the-art dental equipment and dental instruments, CE courses, artwork, jewelry and more. All funds raised will help the AGD Foundation enhance public awareness of oral cancer, provide grants to AGD constituents and nonprofit programs to educate on oral cancer risk factors, and offer AGD member dentists free or low-cost continuing education on the latest oral cancer identification techniques. Oral cancer is typically discovered in its late stages, which leads to a higher death rates. The disease can develop and grow without the patient noticing any obvious symptoms, reducing the chances that it will be diagnosed in the early stages. For these reasons, the AGD Foundation has made this issue a priority.
"Heartland Dental believes, as the AGD does, that continuing education is a necessity for today's dentists. We're excited to help more and more dentists gain knowledge through the AGD," added Patrick Bauer, president and chief executive officer at Heartland Dental. "In addition, we're proud to support the oral cancer awareness initiatives developed by the AGD Foundation."
About Heartland Dental
Heartland Dental, LLC is the largest dental support organization in the United States with more than 725 supported dental offices located in 33 states. Based in Effingham, Illinois and founded by Rick Workman, DMD, Heartland Dental offers supported dentists and team members continuing professional education and leadership training, along with a variety of non-clinical administrative services including staffing, human relations, procurement, administration, financial, marketing, and information technology. For more information, visit www.Heartland.com. Follow Heartland Dental on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Visit Dr. Workman's Blog, "Dentistry Leaders" at www.dentistryleaders.com.
About the Academy of General Dentistry
The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of more than 40,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education, and we recognize that commitment with the AGD Fellowship and Mastership awards. Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists. 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.
The mission of the AGD Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the AGD, is to passionately support the efforts of the general dentist toward improving the oral health of the public. The AGD Foundation not only acknowledges that the dental community is deeply concerned with oral cancer, but we also work diligently to promote oral cancer awareness and to educate the public about risk factor prevention.