About CDA

The California Dental Association (CDA) is a community of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of our members—27,000 of the best and brightest dentistry has to offer. Together, we champion better oral health care for all Californians.

CDA supports dentists in all stages of their careers. We offer our members a unique set of resources, including education, practice support, advocacy and protection. We take pride in our mission to meet community needs across our diverse state.  

It’s been nearly 150 years since a small group of dentists founded CDA. Since then we’ve grown to become the single largest membership in the American Dental Association and a constant trusted resource for California dentists and their patients.

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Tripartite Membership

By joining CDA, you automatically enjoy membership and services to three dental organizations: Your local dental society, state dental society and the American Dental Association. Each level of this tripartite structure offers valuable benefits and resources. These include education, protection, support and advocacy—and are reasons why nearly all 27,000 CDA memberships are renewed year after year.

Local Dental Societies
Component dental societies are part of the tripartite membership structure. Each of California’s 32 local dental societies serves the needs of its community of dentists and patients. Every CDA member is also member of his or her local dental society.

American Dental Association
The American Dental Association (ADA) is the world’s largest and oldest dental association. Established in 1859, the ADA works to advance the dental profession on the local, state and national levels. All CDA members are also ADA members.

Organization Chart
CDA Organization Structure
In the News
Dental supply class-action settlement notices mailed

Dentists eligible for payments as part of an $80 million class-action settlement involving dental supply companies Henry Schein Inc., Patterson Companies Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Company have received notices informing them that they have until Oct. 15 to file a claim in order to receive a payment, pending final settlement approval.


Deadline to cash Delta Dental settlement checks approaching

Delta Premier Providers who are class members of the Delta Dental class action lawsuit have until June 14, 2019, to cash their settlement checks. The $65 million settlement is the result of legal action CDA filed against Delta on behalf of members. Most settlement checks sent to approximately 14,000 class members have been cashed, but the class action settlement administrator reports that more than 500 settlement checks have yet to be cashed.


Dental anesthesiology recognized as a specialty

Dental anesthesiology has become the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards. The commission adopted a resolution in March based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.


TDIC earns AM Best 'A' rating for 25th consecutive year

The Dentists Insurance Company has earned the AM Best A rating for the 25th consecutive year. AM Best Company ratings include comparisons to peers and industry standards as well as assessments of operating plans, philosophy and management. The A (Excellent) rating is a reflection of TDIC’s financial strength and its mission to provide the best insurance products and related services to more than 24,000 policyholders.


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Mission, Vision & Core Values


CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public


The California Dental Association is the recognized leader for excellence in member services and advocacy promoting oral health and the profession of dentistry.

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