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Membership Privileges and Benefits

About ADHA

Founded in 1923, the primary goal of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) was to develop a better way for dental hygienists to communicate and cooperate. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country. Leading the way as a unified force, the ADHA continues to help move your career and your profession forward.


ADHA Mission

The ADHA’s core ideology is focused on leading the transformation of the dental hygiene profession to improve the public's oral and overall health. The ADHA's vision is that dental hygienists are integrated into the health care delivery system as essential primary care providers to expand access to oral health care. The mission of ADHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene. We work to:

  • Ensure access to quality oral health care

  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention

  • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research

  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists


KDHA Membership
Council Chairperson 

Katelyn Freund, RDH, BSDH, ECP-II


 Constituent fees are $55, local component fees are $10 and assessment fees are $30. 


Journal of Dental Hygiene - Members receive a complimentary subscription to ADHA's official publication bringing you scientific and technical articles on clinical practice, research, and education.


Access - Members receive a complimentary subscription to ADHA's magazine. Access helps you stay on top of the issues that are important to dental hygiene.


As part of your dues, you automatically become a member of your state Constituent (KDHA) and local Component (see Directory-Component Reps) 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.


ADHA membership offers you a discount on continuing education through on-line continuing education courses, self-study courses through ADHA's Journal of Dental Hygiene, the ADHA Annual Session, and Constituent and Component continuing education functions.


ADHA members have complimentary 24 hour access to the Career Resource Center, an interactive web-based employment service for dental hygienists seeking employment and employers seeking dental hygienists. Members also benefit from state employment referral services, national classified advertising, and employment reference materials. ADHA is your professional partner, supplying you with information on state licensing authorities, and lists of accredited dental hygiene programs.


Members may apply for scholarships and research grants through ADHA's Institute for Oral Health (IOH). The IOH encourages and promotes professional excellence through scholarships and quality research in collaboration with ADHA. Through it's programs, the Institute has awarded more than 800 scholarships to full-and part-time students pursuing graduate and undergraduate degrees, and has inspired over 50 dental hygienists to pursue research specifically in the field of dental hygiene.


With over 300 pages, ADHA's Website covers a wealth of information important to dental hygienists. To obtain the latest in oral health news, consumer tips, and ADHA activities, visit Members may also subscribe to a weekly email list covering hot topics, issues, advice, and idea exchanges.

Membership provides you with the opportunity to apply for several types of insurance at competitive rates such as: professional liability, disability, and major medical. Visit for additional information.


As an ADHA member you are entitled to apply for car insurance at a discount. Members may also take advantage of the ADHA credit card and/or mileage program, allowing you to earn points to use towards travel with every purchase you make. The program also offers members financial planning tools.


Discounted hotel rates at over 4,000 hotels nationwide. 

Discount buying program, offering members a factory direct pricing program for hundreds of items from food baskets, to leather goods to electronics, to name a few.

Free advertising for 30 days on our website for employment opportunities!!

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