Everything You Need to Know About the American Dental Association (ADA)

What is the ADA?


Founded in 1859, the American Dental Association is the United States’ leading dental association, and represents more than 161,000 dentist members. Patient-focused, science-based and ethically-driven, the nonprofit ADA is the US’s most prominent source of oral health-related information for dentists and patients. The ADA works to advance the dental profession and oral health on the national, state and local level. The ADA’s consumer information sites mouthhealthy.org and mouthhealthykids.org, provide patients and consumers with helpful information regarding oral health, treatment, products, an  A-Z symptom checker, and more.



The ADA Seal of Acceptance Program


For over 125 years, the American Dental Association has promoted safety and efficacy of dental products as part of its mission. In 1930 the ADA established guidelines to evaluate dental products to determine their safety and efficacy. In 1931, the ADA Seal of Acceptance program was developed to address ongoing exaggerated claims about what dental products could do.


Today, more than 300 oral health products carry the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which is universally recognized by dental professionals and consumers as a symbol of safety, quality and efficacy. These products must meet requirements developed by the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Various companies and organizations commit substantial resources to test and market products in the ADA Seal of acceptance program.



Dental Standards


The American Dental Association establishes baseline standards and technical recommendations for almost every tool of modern dentistry, from cutting edge technology such as laser treatment to basic oral health tools such as toothbrushes.  


Through the publication of clear industry standards for both dental products and dental informatics, the ADA works to ensure the highest level of patient safety and professional satisfaction for dental professionals.



Scientific Research


The ADA Division of Science supports advancements in research, policy knowledge and international standards that improve public health and the delivery of dental care. Emerging issues that may influence the environment, occupational health and safety, or patient care are carefully researched in order to provide the most current information.


The ADA Division of Science researchers collaborate with organizations such as ADAF Volpe Research Center, as well as the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry.



The ADA Foundation


The charitable division of the American Dental association advocates for children’s dental health, offers scholarships for dental students, and provides disaster relief supplies to members in need.


How much does dental care cost?


Whether you need basic services or extensive dental work, DentalSave can help you improve and maintain your oral health by making treatment affordable.


The average cost of a molar root canal is $1050, but with your DentalSave membership you pay only $577.50, giving you a savings of $472.50. Prices may vary depending on location and your dentist’s fees. For more information on dental procedures and the American Dental Association, please visit their website.



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