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

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.

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

Student Delegate Chair explains how his upbringing shaped his leadership style

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. Get to know CDA Student Delegate Chair, Jarrad Lee, of Western University’s class of 2025.

February 16, 2024    Students & New Dentists
Dental student research spotlights interdisciplinary collaboration in latest CDA Journal collection

Research by California dental students appears in the latest CDA Journal collection with an emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations.

January 9, 2024    Students & New Dentists
Herman Ostrow dental student shares a memorable first experience assisting in oral surgery

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. Get to know Nora Papazyan of Herman Ostrow Dental School's class of 2024.

December 1, 2023    Students & New Dentists

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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.