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 the exchange, development, and dissemination of information to assist dental regulatory boards with their obligation to protect the public.

 The AADB is proud to announce Dr. Frank Maggio as the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Citizen of the Year award.

Dr. Maggio will be presented this award during the AADB’s 139th Annual Meeting on October 9th, which will be held in Asheville, North Carolina this year.

AADB Career Resources

Nevada Executive Director Job Opening

Opportunity for Dental Regulators

The National Oral Health Conference® (NOHC) is “the premier meeting” for those interested in continuing education and networking opportunities within the discipline of Dental Public Health. The 2023 NOHC will be the 24th joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD). It will be held in Orlando, FL, April 17 - 19, 2023 with Weekend Workshops on April 15 & 16, 2023.

NOHC offers educational sessions on a diverse array of topics by leaders in the field and is designed for dentists, dental hygienists, health researchers, dental/health educators, legislators, public health officials, Medicaid/CHIP dental program staff or consultants, state/territorial dental directors, county/city/local dental directors, community health center personnel, students, school-based and school-linked health center personnel, federally-employed dental personnel, as well as dental manufacturers/distributors and dental insurance companies – in short, anyone interested in engaging in collaboration to improve the oral health of the public.

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Health Care Regulatory Boards Launch Collaborative Effort Aimed at Opioid Epidemic 

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The Future of Dental CE Accreditation with Immediate Past President Dr. Robert Zena, DMD


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 33rd Edition Composite

Published in 2022 by the American Association of Dental Boards, the 33rd Edition Composite details the structure, licensure, and disciplinary activities of all state dental boards. The 2022 publication contains 40 charts describing the following: State dental board structure and operations; License populations within each state; 2000 Board disciplinary activity and complaint statistics; and State board licensing requirements. Don't wait, purchase your copy today!