Do You Need Help Networking with Other Dental Professionals?

Dental hygiene association

Did you know that there are over 155,000 dentists in the U.S., and 70% of them are members of the American Dental Association, or ADA? If you are still a dental student, you might be wondering what the benefit of joining dental associations is. There is, after all, association dues that you will need to pay every year in order to call yourself a member. Here are three reasons that many dentists decide that joining an association is worth their time.

1. Professional Development

The ADA is focused on making sure that dentists do the best work possible. Not only do they provide scholarships to students in dental school, but they also offer many services for continuing education. They offer conferences, online courses and seminars for members so that they can improve their dental practices and continue to meet state requirements for licensure. They also issue the Journal of the American Dental Association, which is a monthly scientific journal that features the latest information on oral care advancements and modern dentistry.

2. Advocacy

The ADA is strong on supporting better government measures for oral care. The ADA, for example, encourages states to increase Medicaid funding for child dental care. They advocate at the city, state, and national level for better public oral health and awareness. This advocacy is not only good public service, but it can also help advance your reputation as someone who truly cares about the health of your community.

3. Networking

If you are just starting out as a dentist, then you will need help building your reputation and networking with other dental professionals. Dental associations are a great opportunity to get in touch with others in your profession, and build relationships with other dentists in your area.

Why do you think dental hygiene associations are important? let us know in the comments

Tom Pultney

Tom Pultney

If you’re anything like the average person out there, the words “root canal” are enough to make you cringe, and just thinking about the sound of a dentist drill sends a shiver down your spine. Did you know that the best dental hygiene can keep the drill out of your mouth? I’m Tom Pultney, hygienist and president of the Dental Hygiene Association. Like anyone in the medical profession, I wish as much as anyone else we didn’t have to do what we do, and everyone’s teeth were perfect, straight and bright. But the reality is, that won’t happen without keeping up on your dental hygiene, and whether you need a dentist for your annual cleaning, or for some dental work, we’ve got info on the best dentists around the US.

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