We Are 150 Years Strong

On June 29, 1870, the California Dental Association was founded by 23 visionary dentists. Since that time, CDA has never stopped working to empower our state’s brilliant dental community. Our members have made this remarkable 150-year milestone possible, and we invite you to be a part of this enduring legacy.

Share your stories, photos and messages on social media using #CDA150 all year long.

A Remarkable History


From a bold beginning to a community that is now 27,000 members strong: Watch the video to learn how together, we built a legacy that is ready for the next 150 years.


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Explore CDA's memorable milestones over 150 years.

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CDA by the numbers

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US dentists is a CDA member

CDA's Anniversary in the News

CDA leaders look ahead to next 150 years of organized dentistry CDA leaders look ahead to next 150 years of organized dentistry

“I see CDA now and into the future as being limitless in what we can produce and do for our members.” While reflecting on CDA’s momentous milestone of 150 years in organized dentistry, Richard Nagy, DDS, president of the California Dental Association, looks ahead — optimistic about what’s next for the organization and its 27,000 members.

CDA Journal salutes the association’s 150th anniversary CDA Journal salutes the association’s 150th anniversary

The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association commemorates CDA’s 150th year with articles on the history of the organization and the roles medicine, technology, dental education and societal needs play in shaping the future of dentistry and oral health. The issue also features articles on the future of organized dentistry.

Share your CDA story! Share your CDA story!

CDA has supported a brilliant community of dentists for the past 150 years. CDA members have made this legacy possible, so we’re seeking to showcase members’ favorite moments on our website, in our publications and on social media throughout the anniversary year. Join in by sharing why you joined CDA. We’re also looking for photos, videos or archival documents.