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Advance dentist earns Mastership Award

The Academy of General Dentistry awarded dentist Thomas S. Browder with its Mastership Award, a professional credential that recognizes AGD members for their commitment to excellence in dental education.

Dr. Browder accepted this award along with 89 other dentists who achieved this designation in 2020.

The award is the highest honor available in the AGD and is one of the most respected designations in the dental profession. This accomplishment meets the highest criteria for professional excellence and has only been awarded to 2% of the general dentists in the United States.

This year, there were four dentists in North Carolina who met the criteria.

In order to be considered for this award, a general dentist must be in good standing with all local and national dental organizations and licensing boards.  Additionally, they have to have taken a minimum of 1,100 hours of continuing education in the 16 disciplines of dentistry, 400 of which have to be dedicated to hands-on skills and techniques.

Browder finished his Mastership with 1,142 total hours, 586 of which were in hands-on, participation classes. This coursework began in 1996  with Browder receiving his Fellowship award in 2005 after passing a comprehensive 400 question examination and eclipsing the 500 hour CE mark.

A native of  Davie County, Browder graduated from Davie High, Wake Forest University and The UNC School of Dentistry in Chapel Hill.  He resides and practices dentistry in Advance.

“I consider myself very fortunate to be in the dental profession and will continue to work hard to bring the patients that entrust me with their dental healthcare needs the very finest that dentistry has to offer,” he said.