The GDA helps individual dentists effectively deal with issues that confront all dentists and serves as an advocate for advancing the profession.


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Dues Amounts

When you remit your district, GDA, and ADA dues to renew your membership, you help support the services each leg of the organized dentistry tripartite offers you. Your dues allow your district to host continuing education courses and advocacy events. Your dues allow the GDA to protect your practice via legislative advocacy, help you practice by providing you with a wide array of member services, educate the public and policy makers about the value of dentists and dentistry, and secure your practice with outstanding business and health insurance products. Dues allow the American Dental Association to tackle important issues at the national level, such as working to repeal the opt-in and opt-out dental requirement for Medicare.

ADA dues are established by the ADA House of Delegates. District dues are set by each district based on their needs. GDA dues are set by the GDA House of Delegates. All three types of dues are payable on one statement sent by the GDA office to dentists. Dues must be paid in full by February 28, 2016, in order for a dentist to be considered a member in good standing for 2016.

Payment of ADA, GDA, and district dues are required for membership. In addition to the required dues, there are voluntary contributions that a member may make via their dues statements to worthy causes. The rest of this guide tells you how you can use your dues statement to make a difference. Your statement has already been sent via mail. If you would like to pay online, please click the following link:


Statewide Voluntary Contributions

• Alliance: The Alliance 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 financial scholarships to deserving dental and dental hygiene students studying at accredited programs in Georgia. All donations made via the dues statement go directly to fund student scholarships.

• Georgia Dental Association Foundation for Oral Health: Funds donated to the foundation are used for numerous outreach projects, including the Georgia Mission of Mercy (GMOM) charitable clinic.

• 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.

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


District Voluntary Contributions


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

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

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

• Give Kids a Smile Day (Eastern): Funds support district-level efforts to provide indigent children with screenings, sealants, limited restorative care, and dental education on the first Friday of every February.

• 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.

• MercyMed (Western): This Christian-based clinic provides primary health care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of underserved individuals in the Columbus area.

• 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, provides care to children ages 3 to 18 who do not have dental insurance and who meet certain eligibility guidelines.