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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. Can't open a form? Email Pamela Yungk at yungk@gadental.org and request a form. 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 2013 ADA dues are $522.
  • Full 2012 GDA dues are $360.
  • District 2012 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.

GADPAC: The GDA Political Action Committee (GADPAC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose funds are distributed to support the campaigns of local, state, and national candidates friendly to dental and patient-related legislation.

GDA Alliance: The Alliance is an organization of male and female dental spouses who support the goals of organized dentistry, and work with the GDA to raise awareness of oral health issues.

Relief Fund: The American Dental Association Foundation Relief Grant Program provides aid of an emergency and temporary character to dentists. This GDA item provides support for the Relief Fund and the activities of the GDA Dental Recovery Network.

Fisher Dental Education Foundation: The Foundation seeks to have a positive impact on the quality of dental services in Georgia by awarding financial scholarships to deserving dental and dental hygiene students. All Foundation donations made via a GDA dues statement goes directly to student scholarships.

Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM): GMOM is a charitable dental clinic where GDA and community volunteers provide basic dental care and dental health education to thousands of indigent adults.

Dentists may also choose to donate to charitable dental organizations selected by each GDA district and listed on a member’s dues statement. These organizations for 2013 include:

Ben Massell Dental Clinic (Northern District): This Atlanta clinic provides dental services, including a free denture program, to those unable to afford care.

Coastal Medical Access Project (Southeastern District): CMAP dental clinic volunteers endeavor to deliver basic dental services to meet the needs of the uninsured residents in Coastal Georgia.

Columbus Community Clinic (Western District): The clinic operates one Friday each month thanks to the efforts of volunteer dentists to provide care to uninsured adults. The clinic is held on the campus of the Columbus Technical College.

Dentistry for the Developmentally Disabled Foundation (Northwestern District): The DDD Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers accessible, comprehensive dental treatment to patients with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta.

Give Kids a Smile Day (Eastern District): This nationwide event, held on the first Friday in February, seeks to reach indigent children with screenings, sealants, limited restorative care, and dental education. Funds raised here stay within the district for local activities.

Good Samaritan Dental Clinic of Jasper (Northwestern District): This nonprofit center provides the underserved in the Jasper area with health care and related services in an atmosphere of respect and dignity.

Greater Atlanta Dental Foundation (Northern District): The GADF raises funds for Atlanta area dental clinics that treat underprivileged patients.

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

LaGrange Free Dental Clinic (Western District): The three-chair clinic is operated with donated equipment, volunteer labor, and grants from the First Baptist Church of LaGrange and the Georgia Baptist Health Foundation. The clinic serves adults who do not have dental insurance and do not make more than 200 percent of the poverty level.

Rehoboth Life care Ministry Dental Clinic (Central District): The clinic provides low-cost dental care to uninsured residents of Middle Georgia.

Savannah Volunteer Dental Clinic (Southeastern District): 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 that meet certain eligibility guidelines.