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Dental students are ADA members, too

November 06, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

There are more than 161,000 members of the American Dental Association, including some 24,000 student members.

Predoctoral students join the American Student Dental Association and the ADA at the same time and receive benefits from both organizations.

What's the difference between ASDA and the ADA?

The American Student Dental Association is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students.

The ADA develops resources for students, manages student membership operations, connects students to the ADA and mentors future leaders of the profession.

ADA student members have access to the same benefits that ADA member dentists get, including:

  • Member access to the ADA Center for Professional Success website at
  • Access to the ADA Library and its extensive electronic journals, resources and research databases.
  • No-cost life and disability insurance from ADA Insurance Plans.
  • Access to the Journal of the American Dental Association, ADA News, ADA New Dentist News and all e-communications and alerts.
  • Travel benefits.

For more information about your student member benefits, contact the ADA by email at