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Arizona's Voice of Dentistry
for Over 100 Years 

Founded in 1909, the Arizona Dental Association is one of 53 constituent/territorial societies of the American Dental Association, and represents over 70% of all licensed dentists in Arizona. More than 2,400 members, comprising every dental specialty, collectively exemplify the AzDA mission of establishing the highest standard of care for the public and inspiring members in the pursuit of professional excellence through education, leadership, and communications. AzDA is comprised of three components representing different geographical sections of the state: Central Arizona Dental Society, Northern Arizona Dental Society, and Southern Arizona Dental Society. 


AzDA's Mission

AzDA’s mission is to provide leadership, resources and advocacy to ensure the success of our members and the promotion of oral health.

AzDA's Vision

AzDA’s vision is a strong, successful, quality dental profession in Arizona.

AzDA's Core Values

  • Oral health is essential to quality of life and is an integral component of overall health.
  • By fulfilling our responsibility to support our members’ success, we help them provide high quality services to the public.
  • By continually asking members what they need and value, we can deliver benefits that promote their professional and financial success.
  • Adherence to high ethical standards is a hallmark of the dental profession.
  • Mentoring and continuing dental education (both clinical and business) support a more educated dental workforce, which improves the delivery of services.
  • Education for members and the public about our legislative impact is essential to ensure that high quality dental care has statutory support in Arizona.
  • By supporting the Arizona Dental Foundation with volunteers and resources, we help make the Foundation’s programs successful.

AzDA Services:

AzDA Services, the wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of the Arizona Dental Association provides an ideal opportunity for companies to have explicit exposure to AzDA membership. At the same time, they provide AzDA membership with valuable pre-screening and discounts for products and services that are important for the safe and effective practice of dentistry.

Advertisers/Vendors:

AzDA Services helps you directly connect and build a relationship with the largest organized dentistry group in Arizona. You can tap into a diverse media portfolio that meets your marketing and budget needs. Simply put, AzDA Services is the most cost-effective, proficient way to target Arizona dental professionals.

As an Endorsed or affiliate company, you’ll enjoy:

  • arizona dentistry business15% discount on advertising in Inscriptions (AzDA’s monthly publication).
  • 15% discount on Western Regional Dental Convention booth space (one of the largest dental conventions west of the Mississippi)
  • 15% discount of continuing education (CE) table sponsorships
  • A free list of all AzDA members
  • A comprehensive business listing on www.azdaservices.com
  • A full business listing in the AzDA Annual Membership Directory (printed and digital)

Interested in learning more? Click here

AzDA Members:

AzDA Services will save you time and money, and provide you with a world of peace of mind.
 
Whether you’ve been in practice for a while, or you’re just out of dental school, AzDA Services has made special arrangements with vendors that have the products/services you need, and at the discounts that you want. You’ll find an invaluable collection of products and services, ranging from business loans, professional liability insurance to website design; if you need it, we have it or we’ll get it. Best of all, AzDA Services specifically approves these vendors because of their quality, value and commitment to you.

How we save you money:
Because we can negotiate on behalf of all of our members (more than 2,400 of them) we’re able to get bigger discounts, better rates, and special values and perks. The savings alone from using our just a handful of our pre-screened vendors would pay for your dues.

How we save you time:

Think of us as your personal research team, so you don’t have to waste your time hunting for dependable vendors. Every company we endorse has been thoroughly checked out by volunteer dentists and AzDA staff, so you can trust that you are dealing with reputable, reliable companies.

How we provide peace of mind:

If you ever have a question or concern about one of our endorsed companies, just give us a call and we’ll take care of it for you – it’s that simple.

Interested in learning more? Click here

Arizona Dental Foundation

The Arizona Dental Foundation (ADF) mission is to keep Arizona smiling by providing charitable dentistry programs to children, seniors and individuals with a special need. We do this by mobilizing volunteers, identifying and linking resources, and offering educational opportunities for dental professionals. 

ADF welcomes volunteers of every skill level to participate in giving events and/or conduct oral hygiene education in schools and the community. Or consider adopting a patient to treat in your office. We screen for financial eligibility and medical need. Contact ADF at (480) 344-5777 or (800) 866-2732 ext. 325, or click here to visit the ADF website.
 

Tax Credit Contributions

The tax credit for the working poor functions almost like a short term loan.  This community benefit program allows you to deduct up to $400 per married couple ($200 single filer) against taxes owed to the State of Arizona.  It is better than a deduction because your tax liability is lowered dollar for dollar on contributions made by December 31.  Plus you can still contribute up to $400 to a public school and up to $1,000 to a private school in the same tax year.  Best of all, you can take the Arizona State Tax Credit on your state taxes AND take a charitable deduction on your federal taxes.
 

In-kind Support

ADF accepts toothbrushes, paste, floss, stickers and other non-expired disposable supplies for use at charitable events.  Make pickup arrangements by contacting ADF at (480) 344-5777 or (800) 866-2732 ext. 304, or click here to donate to ADF.

Continuing Education and Annual Conventions

Your profession is not standing still. Dentistry is constantly evolving to better meet the needs of both patients and practitioners, like you. AzDA supports an increasing number of continuing education initiatives to keep you on top of the latest tools, treatment methods, scientific research and business practices throughout your dental career. 

Throughout the year, AzDA provides Arizona dental professionals a wealth of top-quality, BODEX-required CE offerings at wonderfully attractive prices. Starting with the Western Regional Dental Convention, one of the largest dental meetings in the West, AzDA perennially brings in a superb slate of speakers comparable to any meeting in the country, covering almost all aspects of dentistry. Dental professionals can also take advantage of AzDA’s Fall Conference annual retreat. In addition to first-rate speakers, attendees can look forward to enjoying five-star accommodations at one of Arizona’s preeminent hotels. Additionally, AzDA members now have the ability to record and track their CEs on their computer or mobile device - just another free perk for being an AzDA member. 

Click here to view AzDA's CE offerings.

Western Regional Dental Convention

Held each spring at the Phoenix Convention Center, the Western Regional Dental Convention (WRDC) welcomes over 6,000 attendees and consists of over 75 continuing education (CE) courses and over 300 commercial exhibits. WRDC is one of the largest and well-respected dental conventions in the country. Click here to view this year's WRDC website.

Fall Conference

Playing opposite to Spring’s WRDC, AzDA’s Fall Conference offers attendees a more relaxed,  social continuing education experience. Typically held at some of Arizona’s most picturesque destination resorts, AzDA’s Fall Conference is an ideal opportunity for members to recharge and reinvigorate their minds, as well as learn from first-rate presenters. 

AzDA CE’s

AzDA offers a host of CE opportunities in its A/V ready classroom, located in their Scottsdale headquarters. Risk management, OSHA, infection control, chemical dependency, oral radiography, CPR, and special needs training are among the courses that are offered. Click here to view AzDA's CE offerings.

AzDA is an ADA CERP recognized provider

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.
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Relevant in the Day-to-Day Operation of Your Practice

Why dentists should be standing with AzDA

If you've been out of school for a while, you've already heard the "do your part, keep your profession strong," speech by organized dentistry associations. And while you know that the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) is actively opposing insurance and political forces that are threatening your profession and your livelihood, you'd like to know "The economy is tough right now, so how can your association help me on a day-to-day basis?" This is a great question - we have an even better answer. 

As a member, you'll have access to:
  • Top-quality CEs at discounted rate (for you and your entire dental team). 
  • A profile listing on AzDA's and the ADA's "Find a Dentist" feature on this website. Thousands of consumers use this as their trusted source to find a local dentist (an average of 2,400 hits each month) but if you’re not a member, you won't be listed, and consumers won’t find you.
  • Timely BODEX updates that directly affect your practice and career. 
  • Ample opportunity to build your network (and make friends) through AzDA social and business events. 
  • Having the opportunity to take a dispute with a patient to our Peer Review Committee, instead of being called in from BODEX. 
  • A support staff who cares about your success and who is there to answer your questions. 
  • Monthly insider insights and articles on building your practice, bringing in more patients, working with insurance companies, getting the most out of your dental team and more through AzDA's 70 page, full-color, monthly publication. 
Becoming an AzDA member just makes good sense. In addition to the obvious monetary benefits, mobile dentistry, dental tourism, insurance intervention and access to care - now more than ever before, dentists need to remain united. Join us today

Arizona Dental Team Members

Discounted CEs, and a Voice on Issues that Affect You

Discounted CEs. More than any other member benefit, our allied dental team members love being able to take advantage of the AzDA member rate when attending one of our on-site CEs, or at one of our annual conventions. If you're tired of paying more for being a non-member, join us today and start enjoying the savings. 

In addition to discounted CEs, you'll finally have a chance to express your thoughts on issues that affect you and your colleagues. While you may never have thought about it, you can join a council or committee and help to shape how dentistry is done in Arizona. You'll also receive a monthly digital subscription to AzDA's monthly journal, Inscriptions. Keep up on what's happening in Arizona dentistry. 

Ask your dentist today about obtaining an allied membership in the Arizona Dental Association. Dues are only $50 for the entire year, and just the savings you'll gain from discounted CEs will more than pay for your membership. Join us today

Arizona Residents and Families

We can help you learn how to keep a healthy smile for life

Maybe through a television commercial, or from seeing the logo on their toothpaste, most Arizonan’s have heard of the American Dental Association (called the ADA). It’s a name that people know and trust -- maybe you have heard of them too. Well, the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA) is one of 53 constituents or states that make up the ADA. It’s kind of like Arizona being one of the 50 states that makes up the United States of America.  

 

The Arizona Dental Association was founded in 1909. And while membership in our association is not required, we have over 2,400 member dentists (about 70% of the dentists in Arizona).  

AzDA provides several resources to patients and the public to ensure Arizonans are informed consumers and have access to quality dental care.

Arizona residents have trusted AzDA as the leading authority on dentistry and oral health resource since 1909. AzDA provides a wealth of resources to patients and the public to ensure Arizonans are informed consumers and have access to quality dental care. If you want to find a nearby dentist, get information about community programs, and learn answers and tips about dentistry and oral health, click here.


Media/Press

You just found a responsive, authoritative source for dentistry and oral health in Arizona—call on us 

For over one hundred years, AzDA has been Arizona’s trusted, respected and authoritative resource on dentistry and oral health. For your next article or assignment, contact AzDA to: provide you timely statistics, offer a statement on current issues, and connect you with oral health authorities.

Click here to view oral health statistics, view our media kit and get story ideas.