Profile of PDA

The Pennsylvania Dental Association is a voluntary organization comprising more than 5,800 member dentists. It is a constituency of the American Dental Association, the largest and oldest national dental society in the world.

PDA was organized in 1868 to serve the public by promoting the art and science of dentistry. It worked to maintain a dental health education program for citizens of the Commonwealth, to enlighten the public with respect to the prevention of oral disease and to improve the overall health of the public. PDA remains true to these goals today.

Some of the ways PDA serves its membership include enhancing the image of dentistry in Pennsylvania, providing input to laws and regulations, offering continuing education and providing PDA members with competitive insurance products. PDA membership ensures a dentist that he or she can take advantage of the many benefits and member services PDA provides.

Requests for Interviews
PDA can provide to media representatives expert spokespersons on a variety of dental topics, including the safety and effectiveness of amalgam and fluoride, access to dental care, pouring rights (soda) contracts in schools, detection of child abuse, legislative and regulatory initiatives affecting Pennsylvania dentists and their patients and a wide array of other topics. To request an interview, simply email the communications department. A PDA staff member will identify for you an appropriate spokesperson and coordinate the interview for you.

Dental Clinic Directory
PDA has compiled a directory of free and reduced-fee dental clinics throughout Pennsylvania. This directory can be an invaluable resource for reporters across the state.

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