Welcome to dentistry.

We're here to celebrate your success and help you transition from school to practice life with ease. You’re part of a community of the best and brightest in dentistry.

Membership for every stage

Through organized dentistry, you have access to valuable benefits through dental school, licensure, your early years in practice and beyond. Upon graduation from a California dental school, you become a member of the ADA, CDA and your local dental society.

Be sure to update your profile so we can connect you to the dental society that’s associated with the county where you’ll practice.

We understand that you’re just getting started, so we’ve designed savings, support and solutions to make it easier to navigate your new profession. Remember that we’re just a call, click or email away.


Professional Liability
The Dentists Insurance Company, a CDA subsidiary that’s solely focused on protecting dentists, offers a special New Dentist Program. Once you’ve passed boards and obtained your license, pay only $50* for the first year of TDIC Professional Liability coverage, plus benefit from substantial discounts for years two and three.

Dental Supplies
You'll also benefit from big savings and free shipping on an expansive selection of dental supplies and small equipment from trusted brands. Shop to see 20 percent average savings compared to MSRP.

As a member, your registration fees are waived at the nation’s leading dental convention. Save your spot at CDA Presents in and experience hundreds of cutting-edge workshops, inspiring lectures, innovative exhibitors and networking opportunities.


Not sure where to start? CDA’s member relations specialists can help you maximize your benefits or direct you to the right resource. Call 800.232.7645 or email

Business Guidance
Dedicated Practice Support analysts are here to answer your questions about dental benefits, employment, practice management and regulatory compliance. Get one-on-one guidance on standards of care, records retention, marketing, becoming an associate and more.

Risk Management
Through TDIC, analysts also provide confidential Risk Management guidance by phone to dentists who are in doubt about how to handle a situation or have questions or concerns about potential liabilities.


Practice Support has also developed a full library of guides, forms and templates for the business side of dentistry. Start with tools for new dentists for everything from writing your CV to buying a practice, or Ask an Expert online.

Job Search
Facilitate your career search with our popular online Classifieds. See the latest job postings in dentistry and easily apply.

News & Insight
Stay connected to the issues affecting dentistry and to your community through our social channels and monthly news and clinical publications.

*First year TDIC Professional Liability coverage rates are $50 in CA. 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. 

News for New Dentists
Foundation accepting applications for Student Loan Repayment Grant

Recent dental school graduates and students who will soon graduate from dental school can apply now through July 31 for the CDA Foundation’s 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually, the grant provides up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of $105,000 in exchange for the recipient’s three-year commitment to care for the underserved. The application period closes at 11: 59 p.m., Wednesday, July 31.


Prop. 56 dentists loan repayment program opens April 1, awards up to $300K

A new loan repayment program is available for dentists and physicians who provide direct patient care to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Eligible dentists may apply through Physicians for a Healthy California to receive up to $300,000 to apply toward their student loans in exchange for a five-year service obligation as a Medi-Cal provider.


New CDA Endorsed Program can help dentists save thousands on student loan debt

CDA is pleased to announce CommonBond as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers competitive student loan refinancing as a new member benefit. Student loan debt is one of the largest financial hurdles a dentist may face. The average educational debt for all indebted graduates in the class of 2018 for U.S. public and private dental schools was $251,869 and $326,133, respectively.


Maximize all of your membership benefits

Whether you’re new to the California Dental Association or a lifetime member, you likely already have a favorite benefit. But you may not be familiar with all of the perks that your CDA membership has to offer. This year, maximize the programs, services and expertise available to you through organized dentistry.


Loan repayment grant recipient’s life experiences define passion to serve

The CDA Foundation has named Andrea Ustarez, DDS, the recipient of its 2018 Student Loan Repayment Grant. Awarded annually to a recent dental school graduate, the grant assists with repayment of education loans in exchange for the recipient’s commitment to care for the underserved. Dr. Ustarez will receive up to $105,000 over three years to put toward repayment of her student loans while she realizes her goal of working in public health.


Kristian Ross-Patchin  email
Director, Membership & Administration
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Loan Repayment Programs

Loan repayment programs exist to support those interested in pursuing a career in dentistry. Many of these programs have been created specifically to increase access to care for underserved populations. Click on the links below to learn what’s available to you.

CDA Foundation
Dental Board of California
CA Office of Health Planning & Development
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
US Department of Veterans Affairs (GI bill)
Indian Health Services