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Choosing a Dentist

The ADA would like to assist consumers in making an informed choice of a dental practitioner. Here are links to helpful information that exists throughout our Web site.


As an ADA member, a dentist is part of a professional association whose mission is a commitment to the public's oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement; leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards. Each ADA member dentist agrees to adhere to high ethical standards of conduct. These standards are embodied in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct.

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Why Choose an ADA Member Dentist?

The ADA helps members keep current with the latest information affecting dentistry to provide the best-possible patient care. Seven out of ten dentists are members of the ADA. Representing the overwhelming majority of dentists, the ADA can be an effective advocate for patients and the profession. This includes the ability to deal with the insurance industry and the government on issues that affect patients.

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Your Relationship with Your Dentist

The relationship between you and your dentist is a shared responsibility.

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Dental Specialties

  • Dental Specialty Definitions
    Find definitions of titles used to refer to dentists and types of dentistry practiced such as DDS, DMD, Endodontics, Periodontics, and more.
  • Dental Specialty Directories
    Locate contact information for national dental specialty organizations such as the American Board of Endodontics.

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Ethical Standards of ADA Member Dentists

Here are some topics found in the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct that may be of interest to you as a consumer.

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Please note: The ADA does not provide specific answers to individual questions about fees, dental problems, conditions, diagnoses, treatments or proposed treatments, or requests for research. Information about dental referrals, complaints and a variety of dental procedures may be found on

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