The GDA helps individual dentists effectively deal with issues that confront all dentists and serves as an advocate for advancing the profession. To apply for membership, print a PDF application. The membership application is for new members and those rejoining the association. Dentists should submit completed applications to the GDA office. You will not automatically join the GDA upon submission of your application. The GDA must conduct a review and approval process first.

Dues Amounts

Dues help support services provided by the GDA, ADA, and the GDA district in which a member dentist practices. ADA dues are established by the ADA House of Delegates but are payable through the GDA office. District dues are established by the districts, but are payable through the GDA office. Payment of ADA, GDA, and district dues are required for full membership unless otherwise indicated.

  • Full ADA dues are $522.
  • Full GDA dues are $360.
  • District dues vary: Central $75; Eastern $75; Northern $155; Northwestern $90; Southeastern $75; Southwestern $45; and Western $80.

There are several voluntary donations that a member may pay via their dues statements as well as the required ADA, GDA, and District dues. Here are some details on these voluntary items.

Alliance: The dental spouses’ organization works with the GDA on legislative advocacy initiatives, oral health education activities, community outreach, and dental family well being projects.

Fisher Dental Education Foundation: The Foundation awards scholarships to Georgia dental and dental hygiene students. All contributions made via the dues statement go directly to fund student scholarships.

Outreach / Georgia Mission of Mercy: Donations made to the GDA Foundation for Oral Health are used for outreach projects with the GMOM charitable care clinic being given preferential consideration.

GADPAC: The GDA Political Action Committee is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that supports the campaigns of local, state, and national candidates friendly to dental and patient-related legislation. To maximize the GDA’s impact, the GADPAC board has voted to make an increase of $11 to the recommended GADPAC contribution on 2015 dues statements. The total suggested contribution is now $160, of which $49 goes to ADPAC (the ADA’s PAC). Because the contribution to GADPAC will now be more than $100, state ethics law requires that we disclose your name, employer, and occupation. This disclosure will detail your contribution to GADPAC, and not any specific contribution to a candidate.  

Relief Fund: The ADA Foundation’s Relief Grant Program provides aid of an emergency and temporary nature to dentists and, when circumstances demonstrate unusual need and resources permit, to deserving dependents of dentists. Contributions to the Relief Fund also support the activities of the GDA Dental Recovery Network, which helps dental professionals address their addiction challenges and stress related health issues and get back to living life in a healthy manner.

District Voluntary Donations

Ben Massell Dental Clinic (Northern): The clinic provides oral care to thousands of Atlantans unable to afford care with the assistance of hundreds of volunteer dentists.

Coastal Medical Access Project Dental Clinic (Southeastern): CMAP volunteers deliver basic dental services to uninsured residents in Coastal Georgia.

Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation (Northwestern): DDD Foundation offers comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities in the metro Atlanta area.

Give Kids a Smile Day (Eastern): Funds support district-level efforts to provide indigent children with screenings, sealants, limited restorative care, and dental education.

Good Samaritan Dental Clinic of Jasper (Northwestern): Volunteer dentists provide care for the underserved at this clinic that operates with an ‘atmosphere of respect and dignity.’

Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation (Northern): GADF raises contributions to support Atlanta area charitable dental clinics that treat underprivileged patients.

Kingdom Care (Southwestern): The organization provides charitable care via dental volunteers to indigent, uninsured adults who reside in a five-county area surrounding Ware County.

LaGrange Free Dental Clinic (Western): The three-chair clinic is operated with donated equipment from local dentists, volunteer labor, and grants from the First Baptist Church of LaGrange and Georgia Baptist Health Foundation. The clinic serves uninsured adults with income at or below 200% of the poverty level.

Macon Volunteer Clinic (Central): The clinic provides free medical and dental care, as well as medication assistance, to uninsured, working adults ages 18-64 in Bibb County. All MVC patients are at or below 200% of the poverty level.

Rehoboth Life Care Ministry Dental Clinic (Central): The clinic provides low-cost dental care to uninsured residents of Middle Georgia. The clinic depends on donated funds to provide dental care to those who have no other resources.

Savannah Volunteer Dental Clinic (Southeastern): The clinic, housed in Savannah Technical College’s Dental Assisting Clinic and Laboratory, provides care to children ages 3 to 18 who do not have dental insurance and whose families meet certain eligibility guidelines.