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New Dentists

Begin your dental career with CDA on your side. As a new dentist, CDA membership gives you access to valuable resources for the business side of practice, one-on-one expert support to guide you through your early years and beyond and a hands-on role in organized dentistry.

When you join CDA as a recent dental school graduate, you also become a member of the ADA and your local dental society. This tripartite membership offers support and guidance for every stage of your career. Discover the savings, support and solution we’ve designed to help you navigate your new profession.

Exclusive Benefits Just for You

CDA Career Center

Enhance your search with our comprehensive Career Center. Connect with new career opportunities faster with a free resume review, alerts on relevant job listings, career tips and more.


Tap into a full Resource Library and access tools designed to guide you through the business side of practice, including a new dentist toolkit and our newest resource, Associate Dentist 101: Finding Your Career Path.


Access exclusive deals for new dentists, including generous discounts on liability coverage through The Dentists Insurance Company, dental supplies from, and members-only savings through CDA’s Endorsed Services.

Lasting connections

Join the social conversation with our vibrant dental community on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and stay ahead of emerging issues  in CDA’s Newsroom. Plus, keep pace with clinical insights in the Journal.  


CDA News

May Student Spotlight

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. Get to know Purvi Desai of Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry class of 2023. 

CDA Foundation seeks applicants for student loan repayment grant of up to $250,000

The weight of student loan debt can make a career in public or community health nearly impossible for new dentists. The CDA Foundation’s Student Loan Repayment Grant program aims to encourage recipients to care for the underserved. Applications are now being accepted.

Buying or selling a dental practice? This Q&A with the experts will help you prepare

Whether you’re considering purchasing or starting a dental practice, hiring an associate, bringing on a partner or selling your practice, knowing which steps to take will help ensure a smooth transition. Read this Q&A with the experts and learn more at an upcoming workshop.

Not yet a CDA member?

Explore the benefits and join today for the best membership value. Apply online or call 800.232.7645 to speak to a member representative.

*First-year TDIC Professional Liability coverage rates are $50 in California. Rates depicted are for new and never practiced dentists, licensed within the last twelve months and are valid for $1M/$3M coverage amounts. Rates increase until a mature policy is reached.