About CDA

The California Dental Association (CDA) is a community of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of our members—25,000 of the best and brightest dentistry has to offer. Together, we champion better oral health care for all Californians.

CDA supports dentists in all stages of their careers. We offer our members a unique set of resources, including education, practice support, advocacy and protection. We take pride in our mission to meet community needs across the state.  

It’s been nearly 150 years since a small group of dentists founded CDA. Since then we’ve grown to become the single largest membership in the American Dental Association and a constant trusted resource for California dentists and their patients.

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Tripartite Membership

By joining CDA, you automatically enjoy membership and services to three dental organizations: Your local dental society, state dental society and the American Dental Association. Each level of this tripartite structure offers valuable benefits and resources. These include education, protection, support and advocacy—and are reasons why nearly all 25,000 CDA memberships are renewed year after year. 

Local Dental Societies
CDA component dental societies are one part of the tripartite membership structure. Each of California’s 32 local dental societies serves the needs of its community of dentists and patients.  All CDA members are also members of their local dental society.

American Dental Association
The American Dental Association (ADA) is the world’s largest and oldest dental association. Established in 1859, the ADA works to advance the dental profession on the local, state and national level. All CDA members are also ADA members. In fact, CDA represents the single largest membership in the ADA.

Organization Chart
CDA Organization Structure
In the News
New CDA app offers dentistry news, CDA Presents info

Available for download now from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store, the new CDA app features sections for CDA Presents, the latest dentistry and member news, practice support information and member surveys. The app has a comprehensive and intuitive home screen that makes navigation seamless.


State dental director included in governor's budget update


The establishment of a state dental director position to provide leadership and direction for oral health care in California, a goal CDA has actively pursued for more than two years, will soon become a reality.


CDA survey seeks member interest in developing new services


CDA continually works on behalf of its members to provide quality services and benefits — support that allows California dentists to be successful and better serve their patients. CDA is currently surveying members to determine their interest in the association developing and operating a dental practice management service organization (MSO).


The Dentists Insurance Company again earns "A" rating

The Dentists Insurance Company has announced its 20th consecutive year earning the A.M. Best Company’s “A” rating. The A.M. Best Company rating includes comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management.


CDA Events Calendar
Mission, Vision & Core Values


The California Dental Association is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public.


The California Dental Association is the recognized leader for excellence in member services and advocacy promoting oral health and the profession of dentistry.

Core Values

Oral health and its impact on overall health

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