Oral Health Topics
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.
- Why Choose an ADA Member Dentist?(Find an ADA Member Dentist)
- Your Relationship with Your Dentist
- Dental Specialties
- Ethical Standards of ADA Member Dentists
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.
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.
- What should you look for when choosing a dentist?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- ADA Statement on Early Childhood Caries
- Find an ADA Member Dentist
Use this directory to find an ADA member dentist near you. Review the search tips on the directory page if you need assistance. For in-depth information, click through to a dentist's Web site if it listed.
The relationship between you and your dentist is a shared responsibility.
- 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.
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.
- Advertising by General Dentists and Specialists
- Announcing Limitation of Practice
- Use of Credentials