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About the ADA

About the ADA

Our Brand
The ADA powers the profession of dentistry to advance the overall oral health of the public

Fulfills our Mission
Help dentists succeed and support the advancement of the health of the public

Leading to our Vision
Achieving optimal health for all

Guided by our Values

  • Commitment to Members
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Commitment to Improved Oral Health
  • Science and Evidence-Based
  • Diversity
  • Inclusivity


The American Dental Association (ADA) exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist our members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients. Together with our 162,000 members, we’ve been driving dentistry forward for 160 years.

We are strong advocates for our members – promoting the art and science of dentistry by supporting dental professionals through services like Find-a-Dentist, credentialing tools, contract review and much more. Our mission is to ensure all member dentists have what they need, when they need it and even before it is needed to succeed.

We are also strong advocates for public health – fighting oral cancer and combating the opioids crisis – and we’re teaming up with industry partners to help you stay healthy from the dental chair to daily care at home.

We will continue working toward our vision – working side by side with our member dentists – to achieve optimal health for all.

Choose the ADA

With incredible benefits like personalized one-on-one help with provider issues, the latest in clinical information and student debt solutions, there is a reason 162,000 dentists choose the ADA.

Join the ADA today

Renew your ADA membership

  • Membership and Governance
  • The ADA Seal of Acceptance Program
  • The ADA Foundation

Get to Know Us

Member Benefits – ADA members gain access to a wealth of resources, support and tools to help them be successful and live their best life.

Publications – Stay informed with the ADA’s award-winning and well-respected publications for dentists, including ADA News, The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and more.

New Dentist Now Blog – A place where dental students and dentists alike can read about other dentists’ experiences and get insights on the latest industry news, career tips and more.

Overall Oral Health – You deserve good oral health care. ADA programs, like Find-a-Dentist, MouthHealthy and Give Kids a Smile, focus on improved oral health for the public.

Careers at the ADA – Help us power the profession of dentistry and make a difference.

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Special Activities & Programs

  • ADA Foundation

    Investing in better oral health for all. Together.

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  • ADA Accepted Seal logo

    Search over 300 consumer products that have passed the ADA Seal test.

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  • ADA Member Advantage

    Leading provider of professional products and services for ADA Members.

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  • Ethics

    ADA member dentists’ promise to put their patients’ health and well-being first.

    Read the Code
  • Health Policy Institute - American Dental Association Logo

    Find critical policy knowledge related to the U.S. dental care system.

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  • Give Kids A Smile

    Each year, Give Kids A Smile events provide dental services to 400,000+ children.

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  • Action for Dental Health

    Dentists making a difference to provide care now.

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  • ADA's award-winning consumer site helps patients take better care of their oral health.

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