Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of membership?


Through ADHA membership, you will help to secure a future for dental hygiene. ADHA is working to protect the value of your educational credentials and to preserve the integrity of your license. Only through uniting in one voice can ADHA continue to represent dental hygienists successfully.

Access to Information

Members receive a subscription to the Journal of Dental Hygiene, ADHA's official publication that brings you scientific and technical articles on clinical practice, research, and education. In addition, members receive the association's magazine, Access, which helps you stay on top of the issues that are critical to the dental hygiene profession.

Continuing Education

ADHA membership offers you a discount on continuing education through self-study courses, courses the ADHA offers at annual conference, and constituent and component continuing education events.

Employment Assistance

Members benefit from state employment job referral services, national classified advertising and employment reference materials. ADHA is your professional partner, supplying you with foreign employment contacts, information on state licensing authorities, lists of accredited dental hygiene programs and details on research grants and scholarships.

Payment Options

ADHA offers a wide variety of options to pay membership dues. Click here for more information.

Professional Contacts

As part of your dues, you automatically become a member of your state constituent and local component organizations. These groups sponsor meetings and activities for your personal and professional benefit. By attending local, state and national membership functions, you have the opportunity to form new friendships and develop professional contacts.


Your membership will provide you with the opportunity to apply for various types of insurance — professional liability, disability and major medical—at competitive premiums.

Leadership Opportunities

Becoming active in ADHA gives you the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills and interests, such as leadership and public speaking.


You can make contributions to your community's oral health standards through professional activities with your local association. Professional membership builds an identity for you and the dental hygiene field. You can also become a role model for recruiting candidates into the dental hygiene profession.

How can I afford the dues?

Today, when dental hygiene is facing a professional crisis, joining forces with your peers is the best way to preserve your profession.

After all the time and hard work you've put into your career, it's an investment to protect your future and improve the quality of oral health care for the public, which is part of the dental hygienists' professional commitment. Also, ADHA offers an online quarterly payment option for your convenience.

I don't have the time. What is expected of me if I join?

The benefits of membership are limited only by your limited involvement. The value placed on your career goes hand-in-hand with the value placed on membership in your professional association.

You are not required to actively participate in ADHA. In today's fast-paced world, not all members are able to do so. Some members are only able to support ADHA and the dental hygiene profession by contributing through membership dues. It is beneficial to become a member of ADHA so that you will be informed on the issues that affect you and your profession.

Becoming active in ADHA can give you the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills and interests, such as leadership, public speaking, etc.

Can I join only the state and local organizations?

No. According to ADHA bylaws (voted upon by the ADHA House of Delegates), tripartite membership is required of members. That means that members must belong to their national, state, and local component (if one exists) associations. Annual dues pay for membership in all three organizations.

What does ADHA do for me?

In addition to all the benefits listed above, ADHA works to expand the dental hygiene scope of practice, and increase the number of dental hygiene career options in addition to working in a private dental office. For example:

  • In 50 states, dental hygienists may provide services under general supervision in some settings.
  • In 37 states, dental hygienists may provide services in certain settings under various forms of unsupervised practice and less restrictive supervision.
  • In 45 states, dental hygienists can administer local anesthesia.

These opportunities were made possible by advocacy efforts on the part of your professional association.