The mission of the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation, founded in 1990, is to improve the periodontal and general health of the public through increasing public and professional knowledge of periodontal diseases and their therapies, stimulating basic and clinical research to generate new knowledge, and enhancing educational programs at all levels to create opportunities in periodontal education and practice.

The AAP Foundation is a separately incorporated federally tax exempt charitable corporation with a 15-member Board of Directors. The Board contains educators, practitioners, and representatives from the AAP, ABP, and dental industry.

The work of the AAP Foundation has resulted in $3.3 million in scholarships and fellowships designed to support education. We have been able to recruit and retain many qualified faculty:

  • 95% of all award recipients report being involved in academic periodontics. Many indicate that they would not be in education if not for the AAPF assistance.
  • 85% of award recipients are currently engaged in research.
  • Four are department chairs, eight are postdoctoral program directors, five are predoctoral program directors, and one is an associate dean.