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Australian Dentistry Associations

Dentistry associations are organisations that represent the interests of both the dental industry as a science and the community as the health of the public being a primary concern. Dentistry associations provide a forum for dentists to learn the latest developed dentistry techniques, explore new ways to promote the field of dentistry to the public and use the associations as a liaison in all legal and regulatory matters that deal with the field of dentistry.

Dentistry associations, and their orthodontics counterparts, are designed to encourage the study and clinical advancement of the dental industry while instilling high professional standards on those who work within it.

The Australian Dental Association Inc (ADA) is the largest dentistry association operating in Australia with 90 per cent of dentists in Australia are being members and branches located in every state and territory. The Australian Dental Association Inc is a national association of dentists that is focused on the promotion of the dental industry and the superior oral health of the community of its members.

The ADA is viewed as a governing body in the dental industry with the association being behind the Seal of Approval programme that is applied to oral health care products designed for the general public. Products that are considered for the ADA Seal of Approval include toothbrushes, toothpastes and mouth rinses and are viewed as products that are assured of safety and efficacy of consumer products used for oral health.

Additionally, the ADA is various training and education programmes including Dental Health Week which targets retirees and is a community awareness program coordinated and funded by the ADA.

The Australian Society of Orthodontists (ASO) is the professional association for orthodontists in Australia and it varies slightly in its focus with the additional inclusion in that it specialises in the industry of orthodontics as a specialist branch of dentistry. This particular association was created for much the same purpose of the dentist associations, but also to establish high professional and clinical standards for the specialist practice of orthodontics.

There are also a number of associations that specialise in the paediatric dentistry, that is, the oral health of patients aged from infants to adolescents. Paediatric dentists are trained in child psychology, growth, and development and are subject to alternative training and disciplines that what is commonly associated with the general practice of Australian dentistry.

The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the leading dentistry association that represents the interests and industry of paediatric dentistry. The association has a focus on the practice, education and research of the children's dental health.

National and International Associations for Dentistry and Orthodontists:

  • Australian Dental Association(ADA)
  • Australian Society of Orthodontists
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Canadian Academy of Endodontists
  • Asian Pacific Endodontic Confederation
  • American Association of Endodontists
  • International Federation of Endodontic Associations
  • British Endodontic Society
  • International Association for Dental Research
  • Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
  • International Association of Dental Traumatology
  • International Association of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Academy for Sports Dentistry
  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Society of Dentistry for Children
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Paediatric Dentistry
  • International Association of Paediatric Dentistry
  • Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS)