The Missouri Dental Association is the voice of the profession. Dentists face many challenges from negotiating with insurance companies to complying with government regulators to keeping up with professional development and running a successful business. Membership in the MDA helps you navigate those challenges and gives you an opportunity to shape the practice of dentistry in Missouri. Membership benefits you in small ways, like calling the MDA office to ask staff a question about an issue you’re facing today—with your team, your patients or your business, and in large ways too, like knowing the Association works to protect the dental profession you care about. We want to invite you to join with your colleagues to help preserve the integrity of the dental profession and welcome you when you do.
The MDA is a state constituent of the American Dental Association. Thus, when you choose to join the ADA, you’re choosing to support best-in-class clinical excellence. You’re choosing access to exclusive resources to help you build your practice and simplify your finances. Most importantly, you’re choosing to join a collaborative community of dentists working to support each other, elevate the profession and improve the health of the public. Learn more in the ADA Member Center.
Complete the Online Membership Application on the Join/Renew page.
While membership in the MDA is ultimately about supporting and improving the profession of dentistry and the oral health of Missouri, our members find that the benefits far outweigh the cost of their dues, and some benefits would be impossible to obtain by any other means.
It would cost a great deal for individual dentists if the ADA was not there to protect the interests of dentistry at the national level or if the MDA was not there to lobby for or against legislation affecting the profession. If a dentist had to hire experts to answer every regulatory or human resources question or problem that arose, pay the full rate for CE courses, or research every compliance issue, the price would be significantly higher than the cost of membership.
Furthermore, participation in endorsed programs and services (especially Missouri Dental Insurance Services offerings and ADA Great West Life Insurance) can provide members with significant savings. Many members are able to recoup a good deal of their dues dollars through the savings they receive by simply participating in these programs.
New dentists will receive discounts for two years after dental school. First year after school is free and the following year, the dues are discounted by 50%. If you have any questions about this change, please contact Stacey at the MDA.
There are two types of retirement categories: Retired and Retired Life. Please review the details for each category below:
Available to member in good standing who has been an active member and is now a retired member, and is no longer earning an income from the performance of service as a member of the faculty of a dental school, as a dental administrator or consultant, or as a practitioner of any activity for which a license to practice dentistry or dental hygiene is required by the state. A retired waiver must be completed. See more on dues rates here.
Retired Life Membership
Available to a member who meets the above requirements for retired membership and who meets the requirements for life membership. Life membership is available to a member who has been a member for 30 consecutive years or 40 total years, and is a member in good standing. Life membership is effective the calendar year following the year in which these requirements are fulfilled. A retired wavier must be completed.
Magazines are not mailed to retired lifers. To receive the Focus subscription for the coming year, the cost is $25. You can call the MDA to purchase a subscription or note this request and pay on your dues statement.
Access to your ADA Membership cards are only available online at ADA.org/MyADA and in the ADA App (no hard copy sent). You will receive a membership window decal in the mail.