How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

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How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by Looking4Answers » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 am

I may have to find a new dentist in my area, and have been asking friends, searching reviews on Internet, etc. How important is it that a dentist be a member of the American Dental Association? What are the main reasons a dentist would, or would not, be a member? Or the state dental association?

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by SevenBridgesRoad » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:45 am

Not important. The ADA is a trade association, not a certifying body in a position to determine quality of a dentist. Other factors are far more important. Think about what you want from your dentist and go about your search just as your are (asking friends, etc.) Reasons a dentist might not join the ADA: the dentist determines the benefits from being a member are not worth the annual dues.
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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by texasdiver » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:07 pm

If dentistry is at all like medicine then not at all.

My wife is a family physician and gets almost as many spam mailings from the AMA trying to get her to join as I now get from AARP and AAA since turning 50. None of her colleagues in the HMO she works with are AMA members. She says it's more for the older conservative good old boy doctors who are in private practice.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by PugetSoundguy » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:44 pm

If dentistry is at all like medicine then not at all.

My wife is a family physician and gets almost as many spam mailings from the AMA trying to get her to join as I now get from AARP and AAA since turning 50. None of her colleagues in the HMO she works with are AMA members. She says it's more for the older conservative good old boy doctors who are in private practice.
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Just as important as a lawyer being a member of the ABA (American Bar Association). That is, not important at all.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by sport » Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:47 pm

Looking4Answers wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 am
I may have to find a new dentist in my area, and have been asking friends, searching reviews on Internet, etc.
When we needed to find a new dentist, we asked a periodontist for recommendations. A periodonist sees the work of general dentists all the time, and should have an informed opinion on the quality of their work. I chose one of his recommendations and DW chose another. We have both been satisfied with our choices.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by Doom&Gloom » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:08 pm

Education & training is important. Membership in guilds is meh.

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Post by mptfan » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:11 pm

Looking4Answers wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:31 am
How important is it that a dentist be a member of the American Dental Association?
I don't know and I don't care whether my dentist is a member of the ADA.

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Post by DesertDiva » Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:19 pm

Some Mexican dentists in Los Algodones have joined the ADA as part of their marketing plan. I won't go back to them. My current dentist in the US is the best I've ever had, and I've never even thought to check what trade associations he belongs to.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by ram » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:46 pm

Most boglehead dentists would say that the annual membership fee is not worth it.

I would approach this question same as " How important is it that a retired person is a member of AARP"
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Post by toofache32 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:09 am

I stopped renewing my ADA membership years ago when I realized they do nothing for me as a dentist. They actually work against the profession in multiple ways.

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Post by alfaspider » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:42 am

PugetSoundguy wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:44 pm
If dentistry is at all like medicine then not at all.

My wife is a family physician and gets almost as many spam mailings from the AMA trying to get her to join as I now get from AARP and AAA since turning 50. None of her colleagues in the HMO she works with are AMA members. She says it's more for the older conservative good old boy doctors who are in private practice.
+1

Just as important as a lawyer being a member of the ABA (American Bar Association). That is, not important at all.
Yep. I was a member of the ABA for a couple of years out of law school (my firm paid at the time), but I realized I was getting out of it was a magazine I never read. I do have some friends who are active members, and I suppose it works well for them, but it's really more of a social club than anything else. I presume the ADA is similar.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by cudds » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:22 pm

Not that important. I keep my membership as I stay active in organized dentistry.

As others have stated, call a few specialist's offices and seek the doctor's recommendations. Periodontists would be best. Endodontists would be a good bet as would many oral surgeons.

Ask the front desk to take the message for you and have them ask the doc when he/she has time and then call back with the list. Don't necessarily go by the front desk person's advice, ask for the opinion of the doc himself/herself.

Be wary of online reviews. I don't see a high reliability b/t online reviews and actual talent. There are a million ways to fluff your online reviews.

Good luck!

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by djpeteski » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:33 pm

I think it really depends on the stance on Trident for patients that chew gum.

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Re: How important is it that dentist is member of ADA?

Post by Starfish » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:59 pm

My engineering professional organization comes with some things like access to articles and reduced prices for conferences. That alone makes it worthwhile to me.
I don't know if it's the same for dentists. Are conferences and continuous education linked to ADA? if so, I would say is pretty important for me that my dentist has some interest in his/her profession not only as a business.

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