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Through tripartite membership, you belong to your dental society, CDA and the ADA. It means being a part of a dynamic dental community and amplifying your voice at the local, state and national levels. Our collective strength drives action for your profession and protects its bright future. And you access benefits built to deliver tangible value in everyday practice.

Of California dentists are members
1 of 7
dentists in the U.S. is a CDA member
members strong

See real value and real results through membership

As a CDA member, you have unlimited access to valuable programs and expertise designed to help you save time, save money and stay ahead of the urgent issues impacting your profession.

One-on-one guidance

Get support navigating the business side of dentistry today. Talk to CDA’s specialized analysts.

Get Practice Support

C.E. on your schedule

Access innovative online learning courses on trending topics and take part in interactive events.

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Dental supply savings

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Professional insurance

Protect yourself and your practice with The Dentists Insurance Company’s strong coverage and risk management.

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Practice staffing tools

Connect to the right-fit new hires faster or get support making your next dentistry career move.

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Trusted news & insights

Keep connected to emerging issues and real-time answers with emails, video updates and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join CDA?

Dentists and dental students  are eligible membership through CDA. General membership is also available to dental hygienist, laboratory technician, assistants and business administration members of the dental team, as well as to dentists practicing outside of California.

How do I join?

Apply online with one easy application and your license or ADA number.

How do I renew my membership?

Membership renewal begins in the month of December for each calendar year that follows. Invoices are available under My Account on before dues are due on January 1. If you’re a current member who has signed up for autopay monthly payment, your membership will automatically renew each year. To make your membership payment in full or switch to autopay, log in to, select My Account and follow the prompts to Pay Dues.

What is life membership?

An active or retired member dentist who is in good standing for at least 30 consecutive years (or a total of 40 years if there was a break in membership) and who has reached 65 years of age or older the previous calendar year is eligible for life membership. Member dentists who attain the requirements for life membership qualify for discounted dues. Contact CDA for dues owed as life member.