When you're choosing a dentist, there are a number of good reasons to choose someone who is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA).
- Knowledge. The ADA provides its members with information on the latest research and developments in oral health care. The association also publishes a clinical journal, the Journal of the American Dental Association, with peer-reviewed studies of topics in oral care. So an ADA member dentist will be well-qualified to answer your questions about any aspects of your dental health and to work with other dental specialists if necessary. In addition, the ADA administers continuing education programs to dentists to help them keep their skills current.
- Advocacy. Because the ADA acts as an advocate as well as an accreditation agency for the dental profession, ADA-member dentists have support from the organization when dealing with insurance issues or with government issues that affect dental patients.
- Network. If you're moving or if you've changed insurance companies, the ADA database can help you find certified ADA-member dentists anywhere in the United States.Network. If you're moving or if you've changed insurance companies, the ADA database can help you find certified ADA-member dentists anywhere in the United States.
- Ethics. Dentists who are members of the ADA have agreed to uphold high standards of conduct. The ADA Code includes these five principles of ethics: patient autonomy, justice, veracity, beneficence and nonmaleficence. If you choose an ADA-member dentist, you have the added security of knowing that your dentist is answerable to a reputable professional organization.