• Why Dental Associations are Practical and Important


    December 19th, 2010adminArticles

    Dental associations, just like any other professional organization, are significant for any dentist actively affiliated with them. Dental associations represent dentists, get them clients, award grants, inform and book them to upcoming events/seminars, address civil issues, engage members in volunteers work, and honor outstanding members.

    Dental associations are mandated by a reputable board of directors who serve an average term of three years. The calendar of activities throughout the year aims to advance and congregate dentists within the same locality, city, state, or in the case of the American Dental Association, ADA, all of the practicing dentists in the United States. State dental associations and national dental associations usually hold an annual congregation for its members, so if a dentist is affiliated with two or more organizations (both local and national), he’ll likely be invited to a number of gatherings and seminars, all of which aim to improve his area/s of specialization and expand his network of acquaintances.

    Every association has its own core principles (and in some cases, a pledge of loyalty). Thousands of members comprise state dental associations, who are usually 80-90% of the entire dentist population in that state. Dental associations are not without their recurring membership fees, though.

    The fee structure usually entails payment for these various activities/materials:

    1. Monthly publication fees
    2. Political action fees
    3. Charitable donations
    4. Support for sister organizations

    Again, beyond the monthly/annual fees, dentists rarely object the practical reasons why dental associations are beneficial to their practice:

    1. Discount on dental products/equipment and learning materials, such as books, gazettes, DVD courses, and kits.
    2. Exclusive access to association-only activities, seminars, workshops, and congregations.
    3. Access to a network of contacts and leads in your locality, as well as patronage from other dentists of different areas of specialization.
    4. Preferential rates on income protection and life/non-life insurance for dentists.
    5. Dental websites owned by associations usually have a 24/7 compendium of relevant books and study materials ready for on-demand access from member dentists.
    6. Training provided dental assistants and teams.

    Many dental associations also accept student members in order for latter to be engaged at an early age to all the important facets of dentistry. While student activities widely differ from those of actual dentists, the most beneficial incentive of being affiliated with these groups is that the student gets to be acquainted with a network of professionals and dental businesses at an early age, so he/she won’t have to worry about getting clients once having set up practice.

    Other benefits for students include:

    1. Access (as well as discounts) to exclusive medical journals, books, and other learning materials for dentists.
    2. Higher chance of passing board exams, since practical learning materials are handed out to reviewing students.
    3. Online help and expert advice via communities.

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