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It's a new day for dentistry - join us

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The American Dental Association (ADA) is the leading organization for America’s dentists, with more than 162,000 members across the country. We’re one community made up of doers, thinkers, dreamers, and believers all committed to moving dentistry and patient care forward. We aspire to embrace change and celebrate one another every day. A new day for dentistry starts now and there’s a place for you in it. Join us. 

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Solo/Group Practice Dentist
If you are a dentist working in a solo or group practice, you can apply for tripartite membership (local, state and national).

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If you are enrolled full time in an accredited advanced education program, you may be eligible for graduate student membership. Apply for membership if you’re entering a graduate or residency program immediately after finishing dental school.

Apply for postdoctoral/resident membership

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Federal Dental Services
If you are in active-duty military or full-time federal government service, you can apply for federal dental services (FDS) membership. FDS members pay dues at the national level, but don’t pay state or local dues. You may also be eligible for tripartite membership depending on where you practice.

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If you went to dental school outside the United States and also practice outside the U.S., you are eligible for an international membership.

Apply for international membership

Practicing Abroad
If you went to dental school in the U.S., practice outside the U.S. and are not eligible for membership in state or local dental societies, you can join the ADA as a U.S.-educated practicing abroad member.

Apply for U.S.-educated practicing abroad membership (PDF)

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