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Introduced in 1913, the monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association is the nation's premier dental journal — a reliable, peer-reviewed source of information on dentistry and dental science.

Each issue of JADA is available in print, online at JADA Online and via a mobile Web application.

What Does JADA Have to Offer?

Today's JADA offers a wide range of information for ADA-member dentists and its other readers around the world:

  • peer-reviewed research on current and developing topics in dentistry;
  • clinical information in such areas as biomaterials, pharmacology, and cosmetic and esthetic dentistry as well as general dental practice;
  • reports on the increasingly important relationship between dental health and overall health;
  • news and views on the issues of the day;
  • explorations of practice building and legal topics;
  • a continuing education program.

Best-Read Dental Journal

Judging from the feedback received, The Journal is meeting the needs of its readers. Yearly independent readership studies consistently rank JADA as the nation's best-read dental journal. And ADA members rank it among the most important benefits of Association membership.

JADA’s 100-Year History

In 1913 the ADA was known as the National Dental Association, and the publication that would become JADA was introduced as the quarterly Official Bulletin, later to be renamed The Journal of the National Dental Association. In 1917, the Journal expanded to a monthly publication, with a lengthy subscription list that placed it at the forefront of dental literature.

The Journal's ascendancy spurred a number of other, long-respected dental periodicals to cease publishing. The once venerable Dental Register stopped the presses for good in 1923. And even the Dental Cosmos, long the bellwether of dental journalism, disappeared in 1938. One year later, the Journal adopted its current title, The Journal of the American Dental Association, or JADA.

Just after World War II, JADA became a twice-monthly publication. The goal was to reduce the bulk of each issue and to boost readership and advertising revenues. But that experiment failed, and The Journal returned to a monthly publication schedule in 1948.

Through the decades, JADA has changed with the times and the shifting needs of its readers, improving its appeal to its primary audience: dentists in clinical practice. Each issue includes full-text articles on emerging research and in-depth reviews of cutting-edge clinical developments. JADA also provides editorials and feature articles on the many ethical and practice issues that dentists encounter each day. The Journal also covers the latest industry news, ADA events and updates on policies affecting dental practice. For information on JADA’s U.S. and International Boards, the JADA Industry Advisory Board and the Association Directory, please go to Editorial Staff and Directories (PDF).

JADA Online

JADA online provides full-text articles as an added member benefit from the current issue as well as a searchable archive dating to 1913.

JADA Continuing Education

Licensed U.S, dentists can earn up to three (3) continuing education credits every month through the JADA Online Continuing Education program. To participate, go to and choose the “CE” menu option in the JADA Continuing Education program. On the JADA website, ADA members can access special content related to three CE-designated articles in each issue of The Journal. To receive credit, simply read the articles and complete the online test form.

Subscribe to JADA

JADA is free to ADA members. Others should visit Subscribe to JADA.

Advertise with JADA

JADA offers a direct route to present products and services to the entire dental marketplace for maximum effect and return on investment. See more information for print, online and classified advertising information.