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Here is a list of our favorite links about Dentistry and other areas of interest related to our school and/or programs. We hope this list helps you locate and learn more about membership in professional dental organizations, continuing education, consumer/patient oral health resources and other information. If you have suggestions about other sites to include, send email to

Academy of General Dentistry - AGD

Excel Dental Training Institute's continuing education courses are approved by the AGD.  The AGD is "the voice for excellence through education and advocacy".  Visit their website for professional news, patient information, and additional professional resources.

National Association of Dental Laboratories - NADL

The NADL is a federation of state commercial dental laboratory associations formed in 1951 in Chicago by a merger of the Dental Laboratory INstitute of America and the American Dental Laboratory Association.  In 1952, NADL opened its national headquarters offices in Washington, D.C.  The NADL Mission states, "NADL aggressively advances the dental laboratory technology industry and its members through advocacy, education, standards and services.  Visit their website today to learn more about the NADL.

American Association of Dental Office Managers - AADOM

The AADOM is among the younger dental professional organizations.  Founded in 2005, the AADOM is the professional organization that supports, advocates and provides continuing education for dental office managers.  Their slogan is, "Work Smarter, by Association".  With the launch of this professional organization, each member of the dental team has a professional organization for which they may hold a membership, find educational resourcs, and stay current with trends in the dental industry.

American Dental Assistants Association - ADAA

The ADAA is the oldest, largest group representing professional dental assistants.  Its members include clinical personnel-those working chairside with the dentist-as well as those on the administrative side: the receptionist, office manager, practice manager and those working behind the scenes in dental product sales, insurance, and of course, educators.  Established over 85 years ago, the ADAA provides continuing education  to dental assistants through a variety of venues.  Visit their website to learn more about the ADAA.

American Dental Association - ADA

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 by visiting their site today.  They provide resources for licensed professionals as well as consumers/patients.

American Dental Hygienists' Association - ADHA

In 2013 the ADHA celebrates 100 years of Dental Hygiene.  The ADHA is the leading professional organization representing dental hygienists across the US.  Visit their website for membership information, education resources and patient resources. 

Dental Assisting National Board, Inc.

The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) was founded in 1948 and is the national certification board for dental assistants. More than 35,000 dental assistants are currently DANB certified nationwide. DANB, a nonprofit organization, is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. DANB's CDA and COA certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  Visit DANB today!

Tennessee Board of Dentistry

The Board of Dentistry (The Board) was created in 1957 by the State Legislature. Its mission is to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans by requiring those who practice as dentists, dental hygienists, or dental assistants within this state be qualified.  The Board:

  • Interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice in an effort to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct.
  • Is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations.
  • Is responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules
  • Is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violations.

Visit them on the Internet to learn more about them, read minutes from previous minutes, and much more.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Mission of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is the state's coordinating agency for higher education. Guided by the Public Agenda for Tennessee Higher Education, THEC oversees an array of finance, academic, research and consumer protection initiatives that promote student success and support the State's completion agenda for postsecondary education. THEC actively seeks to develop policy recommendations, programmatic initiatives, and partnerships that increase educational attainment in the state while improving higher education access and success for all Tennesseans.