The American Academy of Periodontology’s commitment to our dental specialty and the public.


To be the voice for periodontists as the collaborative partner to achieve optimal oral health


To champion member success and professional partnerships for optimal patient health and quality of life

Approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2016.

Core Values

The AAP…

  • Supports its members by providing resources to enhance successful practice and delivery of effective patient care.
  • Believes evidence-based treatment provided by a periodontist helps patients achieve optimal oral and overall health.
  • Champions innovative and ethical research to advance the science behind periodontal disease diagnosis and treatment including regeneration and the placement of dental implants.
  • Advocates for the specialty within organized dentistry, dental education, and non-dental legislative bodies.
  • Educates the public to increase awareness of periodontal disease and the special skills of the periodontist in the treatment of periodontal disease and placement of dental implants.
  • Pledges commitment to collaborative positive relationships with general dentists, other dental specialists, registered dental hygienists, and allied healthcare professionals.
  • Commits itself to offering continuous education and encourages the unfettered dissemination of knowledge among professionals to expand treatment options and improve public health and safety.
  • The AAP embraces its diverse community of members and fosters a culture of inclusion, respect, and dignity.

Approved by the Board of Trustees in August 2021.