Membership

Types of Membership

Whether you are a student or a working professional, joining the largest professional organization representing the interests of dental hygienists is the right choice. As a member, you'll enjoy support, professional discounts, educational programs and numerous opportunities for participation. With your support, we can carry out our mission to advance the art and science of dental hygiene, and to promote the highest standards of education and practice in the profession.

  • Professional Membership

      • Ready to join? If you are licensed to practice, you are qualified to apply for a professional membership. Join today and discover what it means to be backed by the collective power of thousands of dental hygienists across the country.

        Become a champion of oral health as you take the next step forward in connecting with your community and your career.

        Join now

        Other Member Types

        Senior Membership
        In order to be eligible for senior membership, you must be a Professional member who has reached the full retirement age as set by the Social Security Administration and has either been a Professional member of the Association for an aggregate total of thirty (30) years, or twenty-five (25) consecutive years may apply for senior status.

        Senior Membership Application

        Members with Disabilities
        Professional members who are unable to work due to a verified disability may apply for Disabled status. All applications must be verified by the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, and must be accompanied by proof of eligibility each year.

        Members with Disabilities Application

        Allied Member
        Allied membership may be granted to any individual who supports the purposes and mission of the Association and who is not otherwise qualified for any other class of membership.

        Allied Member Application

        Supporting Member
        Dental hygienists who hold a current license but are unemployed or are not employed in a dental hygiene related career are eligible for Supporting Membership. Dental hygienists who are employed in a position that can be considered one of the six roles of dental hygiene are not eligible, but they may apply for Professional membership.

        Supporting Member Application

        International Member
        International membership may be granted to any individual who (i) resides outside of the United States; and (ii) holds a valid license to practice as a dental hygienist. *International members are a nonvoting category of membership.

        International Member Application

    • Student Membership

      • Ready to join? If you are currently enrolled in an accredited dental hygiene program or pursuing a complementary baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or institution of higher education, you are qualified to apply for student membership. Join today to start enjoying the benefits of membership.

        Once you obtain your license, it’s time to change your student membership to a professional membership. Simply log in to our members-only site. All you need to do is add your dental hygiene license number and start enjoying professional membership benefits. It is FREE to upgrade your membership and your renewal date remains the same.

        Note: We are moving away from paper applications for student membership. This will ensure we have the best data possible, and we’ll save a few trees! Students must register and renew their memberships online by visiting our members-only website, http://mymembership.adha.org/, or by clicking the “join now” button above.

        Dental hygiene programs that register a group must first have students register online, and create a member ID number. Please include that number on the roster form when submitting payment(s) to be processed for membership.

        For information about scholarships and the Institute for Oral Health, please click here.


Questions? Contact the Membership Division with any questions or information requests at 312-440-8900.