The American Association of Dental Boards is a national association that encourages the highest standards of dental education by promoting higher and uniform standards of qualification for dental practitioners. Membership is comprised of boards of dentistry, advanced education boards, present and past members of those boards, board administrators, board attorneys, educators, practitioners, and other oral health stakeholders. 

As the national face of state dental boards, we influence the licenses of over half a million oral health practitioners through the regulation of dentists, dental therapists, hygienists, and assistants by our governing members. 

Our mission is simple: To serve as a resource by providing a national forum for exchange, development, and dissemination of information to assist dental regulatory boards with their obligation to protect the public.

 AADB 138th Annual Meeting

Dear Colleagues,

Earlier in the year, with the reduction in COVID-19 cases, the AADB Board of Directors was excited to invite you to San Antonio for an in-person meeting.  However, in the last few weeks, the circumstances have changed.  COVID has resurged with high numbers of infections.  Unfortunately, some of the breakthrough infections have affected our membership with a lasting impact.  Additionally, many of our speakers are now unable to travel.  Accordingly, our Board of Directors has decided to make our Annual Meeting virtual.  This was a very difficult decision made after much deliberation and angst but in the best interest of our Association and the safety of our members.

If you booked a hotel room at the Hyatt and associated your reservation with the AADB meeting, your reservation will be canceled Tuesday, September 14 and you will receive a confirmation with the email you gave the Hyatt.  If you did not link your reservation, you will want to cancel with the Hyatt directly at 210-222-1234.  Of course, if you still intend to travel and want to stay at the Hyatt, please call the Hyatt and their customer service staff will be happy to help.

Robert Zena, D.M.D.


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Recently, the AADB was interviewed by E.W. Scripps, a national journalism company that provides news stories to 60 television stations and 42 markets across the country.  Watch the television interview where President Robert Zena, D.M.D. discusses the COVID-19 vaccines and the profession of dentistry.

The Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Association is comprised of a wide range of over 400 individuals and agencies involved in the regulation of dentistry or the administration of dental education for any licensing jurisdiction within the United States or Canada. Membership with AADB includes access to exclusive state dental board resources, reduced rates to our meetings and regular communications on the latest news in dental and hygiene regulation. 

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The Bulletin vol. 133 | Spring 2021

The American Association of Dental Boards publishes The Bulletin quarterly for its members.

Each issue contains information that is relevant both to dental boards and to the citizens of the states the boards serve. 

AADB Members receive The Bulletin as part of their annual membership fees. 1-year Subscription to The Bulletin is $75.00.