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

CDA and local dental advocacy efforts in recent weeks have prompted action from the state, led by Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and the Department of Health Care Services, to ensure access to dental care performed under anesthesia when medically necessary. Inadequate Medi-Cal reimbursement rates for facility, anesthesia and dental services have forced many facilities statewide to either reduce or discontinue dental services for patients who need to be treated under general anesthesia.


State dental director significant win for oral health

The establishment of a state dental director position — a goal CDA has actively pursued for years — is slated to become a reality after the state Legislature approved the 2014-15 state budget on June 15.


CDA Foundation earns Point of Light Award

CDA Cares was recently selected as a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for the work the CDA Foundation has done through the volunteer dental program. The Daily Point of Light Award was established by President George H.W. Bush to recognize the power of individuals and groups to spark change and improve the world. In a letter sent to the CDA Foundation from the Points of Light program, the efforts of CDA Cares were said to “honor the legacy of this award, demonstrating the power of service to create tangible change … Your efforts are a remarkable example of the generosity and compassion that make our communities stronger and better.”


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.


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

Patient Education Tools