Professional organizations and associations provide a wide range of resources
for planning and navigating a career in dentistry. These groups can play a
key role in your development and keep you abreast of what is happening in
your industry. Associations promote the interests of their members and
provide a network of contacts that can help you find jobs and move your
career forward. They can offer a variety of services including job referral
services, continuing education courses, insurance, travel benefits,
periodicals, and meeting and conference opportunities. A broader list of
professional associations is also available by clicking
American Dental Association
The American Dental Association began in 1859, and is the
largest and oldest national dental association.
American Dental Education Association
The American Dental Education Association is the leading
national organization for dental education. Its members include all U.S.
and Canadian dental schools, advanced dental education programs,
hospital dental education programs, allied dental education programs,
corporations, faculty, and students.
American Dental Hygienists' Association
The American Dental Hygienists' Association is the largest
professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists.
Its members enjoy professional support and educational programs. The
association's mission is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene,
and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the
Student American Dental
Student Member of the American Dental Hygienists' Association, or SADHA, is
a category of membership within the American Dental Hygienists'
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Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor