The Privileges of Membership

  •  Security
    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 by uniting in one voice can ADHA continue to represent dental hygienists successfully.
  • Legislative Updates
    ADHA monitors all state and federal legislative and regulatory trends as they relate to dental hygiene, and maintains state files on dental hygiene practice acts as well as rules and regulations from state boards.
  • Access to Information
    Members receive access to the Journal of Dental Hygiene, ADHA’s official online publication that brings you scientific and technical articles on clinical practice, research, and education. In addition, you will receive the national association’s magazine, Access, that helps you stay current on issues that are critical to the dental hygiene profession.
  •  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.
  • Leadership Opportunities
    Becoming active in ADHA gives you the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills and interests.
  •  Recognition
    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.
  •  Community Involvement
    Establishing relationships helps bridge the gaps between barriers. Collaboration strengthens community awareness and disease prevention.

Some of the Tangible Benefits of Membership

Whether you’re a student, teacher, well-established dental hygienist or just embarking on your career, a legislator or political advocate, the benefits of membership are numerous and varied. The key to getting the most value from your ADHA membership is to use it. ADHA offers its members a wide variety of benefits specifically designed to help better Empower, Support and Develop YOU! Your membership enables ADHA to bring you the resources and shared knowledge to expand your professional potential and further your success.

ADHA has partnered with the following affiliates, keeping in mind what our members have expressed as beneficial to their everyday lives. These benefits are applicable both personally and professionally. All ADHA members are eligible to receive the following benefits:

Information on how to redeem the following benefits can be found by logging into your member’s only account and clicking on the member resources page. For instructions on how to access your account please visit:

Insurance Offerings

With so much at stake in your personal and professional life, ADHA is proud to offer insurance programs to help you protect your future, and the future of your family. We proudly partner with Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration LLC, which provides our members with a full-service delivery platform, award winning customer service, and best-in-class product offerings.

Our insurance programs include professional liability, disability, life, dental, vision…and even pet insurance. Our members have the flexibility, and convenience, to choose the plans that best meet their own personal needs. Find out more and get quotes at

Online Career Center

Having access to the right tools and support can make all the difference. The ADHA Career Center provides connections to career opportunities across the country. Find sample resumes and contract templates in our Employment Reference Guide and post your resume online. Plus, find continuously updated information about state licensing authorities , accredited programs and networking contacts to help you navigate everything from local regulation to advanced educational opportunities.

Professional and Personal Savings

Thanks to our ADHA sponsors, members receive discounts on professional and personal services nationwide.. The consolidated buying power of dental hygienists nationwide allows us to give you access to special programs that give you more for your money.

Standards for Clinical Dental Hygiene Practice

Based on current and relevant scientific evidence, the Standards promote the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practices and behaviors that support and enhance oral health with the ultimate goal of improving overall health. All to help you address practice issues and ethics questions in your day-to-day work.

Annual Conference

ADHA’s Annual Conference offers a wide variety of hands-on, evidence-based continuing education programming. With three days of courses in more than ten tracks ADHA’s Annual Conference offers support and inspiration to help you develop as an individual and a leader.


Access magazine and The Journal of Dental Hygiene, are produced by ADHA to help you stay on top of changes reshaping the field and support you in making evidence-based treatment decisions.


Through financial contributions and grassroots involvement, you and your fellow ADHA members can support congressional candidates with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Political Action Committee (HYPAC). Get involved with the only federal political action committee that represents the interests of dental hygienists.

ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH)

Expand your leadership potential with a foundation created to provide educational scholarships, fellowships, research grants and community service grants to dental hygienists throughout the United States.