Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation’s largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. The ADA’s vision is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.
Membership and Governance
There are more 157,000 ADA members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The ADA is a member-run organization managed by an elected Board of Trustees and a 473-member House of Delegates.
The ADA works to advance the dental profession on the national, state and local level. Membership in the national organization includes membership in one of our 53 state and 545 local dental societies.
The ADA Seal of Acceptance Program
More than 300 oral health products, including toothpastes, dental floss, toothbrushes, mouth rinses, denture adherents and chewing gum carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance, universally recognized by consumers as a symbol of safety and effectiveness. Search for ADA Seal products.
The ADA Foundation
This philanthropic arm of the ADA provides scholarships for dental students, advocates for children’s dental health and supplies disaster relief to members in need. Visit the ADA Foundation’s website to learn more, including how you can apply for a grant, scholarship, award, or fellowship.
Top 10 Reasons to Attend ADA 2015
Receive hands-on knowledge
300+ continuing education courses offer plenty of skills and ideas for you and your dental team to take home and use right away.
Customize your experience
Courses for dental specialists, hygienists, dental assistants, business assistants and lab technicians ensure that everyone on your team will be able to maximize their time at the annual meeting.
Stock up on supplies and equipment
550+ exhibitors offer an almost endless array of new dental products and cutting-edge technology for you to touch, feel and compare. Their show specials can save you money and even offset your travel costs.
Meet industry visionaries
The best and brightest leaders in the dental community share the latest research, techniques and clinical applications. It’s ideal for perfecting your clinical skills and enhancing the success of your practice.
150+ dental-related groups come together to provide unparalleled opportunities to network with peers, make new professional acquaintances and catch up with old friends.
Make your voice heard
Only at the ADA annual meeting can you experience the House of Delegates and help chart the future of dentistry.
Leverage essential resources
Visit the ADA Member Center for essential resources that you need to grow your practice and get the most value from your membership.
Explore Washington, D.C.
Rich in history and culture, our nation’s capital has something for everyone—even on a budget. Bring your dental team or the whole family to experience it all, from the numerous monuments and memorials to some of the word’s most-visited museums.
Revel in the inspiration
Feel rejuvenated and inspired from spending time with your teammates and colleagues, and return home with practical techniques to improve care for your patients.
Tickets for continuing education courses are reasonably priced—many are free!—and offer the best opportunity in the dental field to learn new techniques.