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The American Academy of Dental Hygiene (AADH) Inc. has been approving continuing education courses for dental professionals since 1985.

We are a well respected 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization responsible for accrediting continuing education courses for dental professionals. These standards have been accepted by various state licensing agencies for satisfying continuing education requirements. There are 49 states and the District of Columbia that require continuing education for re-registration of licensure, 32 states require advanced sponsor approval and the remaining request course approval by an agency. AADH Inc. has been dedicated to fulfilling this process.

AADH Inc. developed high standards for continuing education. Courses are evaluated relative to content, depth, accuracy and outcome. This process has been used to approve courses for continuing education credit and is modeled after the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).

The AADH Inc. has reviewed courses for many professional organizations such as the International Federation of Dental Hygiene (IFDH) Symposium and the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Meeting and Center for Lifelong Learning. In addition, the annual RDH Under One Roof meeting works with AADH for review and approval. There are numerous state and regional meetings that also have their courses evaluated and approved.



Professional growth through leadership, mentorship, and fellowship.

  • Foster the continuing pursuit of education and research in the art and science of dental hygiene.

  • Provide formal recognition of excellence in the practice of dental hygiene.

  • Recognize distinguished community service in the effort to foster improved oral health.


Advancing individual professional growth through leadership, mentorship, and fellowship!

The Trailblazers:

Our Founders:

  • Judy Smith

  • Kathleen Roe

  • Elizabeth Pits 

  • Judy Friedman

  • Barbara Murphy

  • Susan Rod Graham 

  • Nancy R. Barnes RDH, BA, MAADH

  • Olga AC Ibsen RDH, BS, MS, FAADHA

  • Linda Bohacek RDH, MA, CDHC, FAADHA

*Founding members advisor:

 Konetta Putnam Sparks 


Founded in 1985

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