Resources supporting the many facets of the dental profession are not difficult to locate. In fact, they abound. A tap of the keys opens the door to dozens of sites on many practice areas. This includes information on industry news, associations, clinical and technical support, and business tools designed for dentists wanting to stay abreast of what's happening in their respective disciplines.
American Dental Association
The ADA is the world's largest and oldest national dental association with a commitment to both the public and the dental professions. Currently, the organization enrolls more than 156,000 dentist members, 53 constituent (state-territorial) and 545 component (local) dental societies.
Membership benefits include: ADA advocacy for dental professionals and oral health policy at the national level; public education programs on the importance of oral health; access to the ADA's publications, Web resources, library and catalog; and the ADA's insurance program and business resources. Continuing education classes, legal support, insurance contract analysis, retirement programs and networking opportunities also are part and parcel of an ADA membership.
Academy of General Dentistry
The AGD strives to address the needs and interests of general dentists, to foster their proficiency and to promote the general public's oral health. The second largest dental association in the US, the AGD has an enrollment of more than 35,000 professionals.
Members are eligible for a range of benefits including: continuing education opportunities; practice management support; advocacy and representation on the national level, patient education tools; free insurance contract analysis, AGD publications subscriptions; discounts on various products and services; and the AGD Career Center.
American Association of Women Dentists
Founded in 1921, the AAWD is the only dues-based national organization representing the interests of women dentists nationwide.
With a mission to be the premier resource for connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists, the AAWD offers a range of membership benefits, among them: subscription to Chronicle, a quarterly newsletter; an online membership directory; the annual meeting and conference; Web casts and online CE programs; participation in Smiles for Success; local chapter start-up support; awards, scholarships and loans; and insurance, banking, equipment and credit programs.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
A 7,600-member organization of primary care and specialty providers for children from infancy through adolescence, AAPD is the leading authority on pediatric oral health care, as well as on the development of oral health policies and clinical guidelines for pediatric dentistry; government advocacy for children's oral health care; dissemination of children's oral health information; and continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists with young patients.
Academy for Sports Dentistry
Organization of dentists, physicians, trainers, coaches, dental technicians and educators wishing to exchange ideas related to sports dentistry and the dental needs of athletes at risk to sports' injuries.
Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities (Special Care Dentistry)
International organization of oral health professionals dedicated to promoting oral health for people with special needs.
Academy of Operative Dentistry
A worldwide organization of more than 1,200 professionals with a special interest in operative dentistry. Committed to excellence, the group strives to influence the practice of the health professions in organized dentistry, health science education and research.
Alliance of the American Dental Association
Organization of ADA member spouses committed to supporting the American Dental Association through public education, legislative advocacy and the well-being of the dental family.
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
Organization dedicated to advancing excellence in the art and science of cosmetic dentistry while encouraging the highest standards of ethical conduct and patient care.
American Academy of Dental Group Practice
Organization helping dentists and administrators manage and market their practices by providing networking and development opportunities via national conferences, newsletters and other meetings and activities.
American Academy of Implant Dentistry
Organization of more than 3,500 dentists worldwide with a mission to advance the science and practice of implant dentistry and to serve as the field's credentialing standard.
American Academy of Periodontology
An 8,000-member association of dental professionals specializing in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and conditions affecting the gums and surrounding structures.
American Academy of Restorative Dentistry
A membership of leading teachers, researchers and practitioners from around the world, with an interest in restorative dentistry.
American Association of Dental Consultants
Organization connecting dentists and others involved in dental benefits consulting and administration. The goal is to promote best practice, advance education as well as a common base of knowledge around plan and claims evaluations.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Group representing more than 8,500 oral and maxillofacial surgeons nationwide, supporting its members' ability to practice specialties through education, research and advocacy.
American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
Association certifying pediatric dentists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality oral health care for children.
American College of Prosthodontists
Professional association of dentists with advanced specialty training in creating optimal oral health, including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening.
American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
Organization of dental professionals dedicated to the highest standards of anesthesiology and sedation in dentistry, as well as to patient education.
International Association for Dental Research
Association advancing research to improve oral health worldwide.