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.