What does it mean when my dentist has the letters “FAGD” after their name? Well, it means that your dentist has spent far more time than most in courses to improve their skills to ensure that you get the best possible care. As an experienced Beaverton family dentist, Dr. Barrett remains committed to providing his patients with the latest and most advanced dental care possible. Continuing education allows Dr. Barrett to remain at the forefront of the dental industry so that our patients get the type of advanced care they deserve.
FAGD stands for “Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.” The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is one of the premiere professional dental organizations in the world. Rather than focusing on lobbying or other political agendas, the AGD’s primary focus is on the continual education of its members. AGD members as a whole are dedicated to improving their skills through continuing education and growth to ensure that their patients receive the best and most modern care possible.
Going Above and Beyond for Our Patients
AGD Fellows have made a commitment that goes beyond traditional education or state license requirements. In Oregon, a dentist is required to complete just 20 hours of continuing education per year. AGD Fellows have dedicated themselves to learning, growing, and staying current in the field well beyond this minimum requirement so they can provide the best oral care to their patients.
As an experienced Beaverton family dentist who understands the importance of proper oral health care, Dr. Barrett embraces the need to always learn more and pushes himself to provide every patient with exceptional care. With the health of his patients always in mind, Dr. Barrett elected to pursue the AGD Fellowship, which required the completion of 500 hours of advanced coursework in dental specific disciplines. Dr. Barrett was also required to pass a board-level type of exam to prove his qualifications.
As a result, Dr. Richard Barrett was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He was one of only five dentists in the state of Oregon to receive this prestigious honor in 2021. To put Dr. Barrett’s accomplishment in perspective, it’s estimated that only 6% of dentists in the United States will ever attain this prestigious honor.
Providing the Type of Advanced Dental Care You Deserve
Dr. Richard Barrett will always believe that his patients deserve the best care possible. This, combined with his love of learning, will ensure that he is always up-to-date on dentistry’s latest techniques and skills. With the completion of his FAGD, he is now working towards an AGD Mastership with the goal of continuing to provide the best care possible.
Your oral health matters to more than just a great-looking smile. Research has shown that patients who experience tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss have a significantly higher risk for developing chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, and cancer. By staying at the forefront of dental medicine, Dr. Barrett ensures his patients not only enjoy a healthy smile, but a healthy body as well.
You deserve the best care possible. Contact the team at Barrett Family Dental today to schedule your next appointment today.