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History of ADHA


Founded in 1923, the primary goal of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) was to develop a better way for dental hygienists to communicate and cooperate. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country. Leading the way as a unified force, ADHA continues to help move your career and your profession forward.


Our Mission

  • Ensure access to quality oral health care

  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention

  • Promote the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research

  • Represent and promote the interests of dental hygienists


A community of your peers

ADHA believes in helping dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public’s oral health. We support your goals by helping to ensure access to quality oral health care; promoting dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research; and representing your legislative interests at the local, state and federal levels.

Join a community of your peers as you share the knowledge, insights, research and opportunities you need to advance your career. 



Contact the Member Services Division with any questions or information requests at 312-440-8900.


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