About the ADA

Together with our 162,000+ members, the ADA has been driving dentistry forward for more than 160 years. 

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Powering the profession of dentistry

The ADA’s mission is to help dentists succeed and to advance the oral health of all individuals. We are guided by our core values, which include integrity, excellence, and a dedication to bring you evidence-based insights that empower you to provide quality oral care for all patients.

We advocate for public health by focusing on crucial issues such as access to care, the rules and regulations that surround the practice of dentistry and much more.

The ADA is your source for the latest research on oral health, along with helpful practice guidelines, data on industry trends and a host of practical programs that support your personal health and success.

Learn how the ADA has supported the art and science of dentistry for 160+ years.
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Elected to uphold our mission, these leaders have shaped the way we serve the profession.
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Explore our governing bodies, including the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates.
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Helping dentists succeed

The ADA is the leading resource for dentists, an advocate for the dental profession and a place for dentists to connect and grow.

Read the ADA Code of Ethics and find related resources to help you provide quality care.
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Our commitment to supporting the diverse identities and perspectives of our members.
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Resources and information on our ADA tripartite societies and international affiliates.
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Members-only benefits

ADA members have access to exclusive services and resources.

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Find quality coverage for yourself, your employees and your dental practice. 
Key research from the ADA Science and Research Institute for clinical decision-making.
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Dedicated advisors to help you buy or sell a practice, hire an associate or find a job.
The ADA tirelessly advocates for public policies that matter to you and your patients. 
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Continuing education from leading experts in the comfort of your own office or home.
Volunteer and give back by sharing your time, talents and input through various offerings.
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Advancing dental science

Powered by our members, the ADA drives scientific progress to advance dentistry and improve oral and overall health.

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Events at the ADA

Host your meeting or event at the ADA, located in downtown Chicago and surrounded by great hotels, dining, theater and more.