If you’re browsing a dentist’s website and see a dental association name or logo, you might wonder what it means. You might also see an association logo on the bottom of a public ad about oral health. These logos represent a specific group of professional dentists. It means your dentist or the ad you see is backed by a large number of peers who help each other grow and further their mission for oral health.
Dr. Collins in Sherman explains more about some of the major dental associations in Texas and how they benefit dentists, patients, and communities.
As with many professional careers and services, groups of dentists come together in associations to further their education, improve their practice, and spread public health information. These associations can be national (like the American Dental Association), or they can be at the state or city level. Some dental associations are specifically for specialists such as orthodontists or oral surgeons.
Dentists usually pay an annual fee to be official members of an association. This allows them to participate in association events and to have access to association resources. The association might also host an annual conference or special meetings to address critical issues in the dental world.
There are three main goals of dental associations:
In Texas, the statewide dental association connected to the American Dental Association is the Texas Dental Association (TDA). Approximately 9,000 dentists are registered members of the TDA.
Some other local dental associations in Texas include:
There are many benefits to patients when their dentist belongs to a professional dental association. If your dentist is a part of one or more associations, you know they take their job seriously.
Dentists are proud to learn and give back to their association communities so they often display association names or logos on their website or at the front desk in the office. If you’re looking for a dentist through a specific association, you can call the association directly to ask or search through the association’s website.
To find out what dental associations Dr. Collins is a member of, you can find that information by reading their biography on the About Us page of our website.
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