To qualify for membership in Dallas County Dental Society you must be a licensed dentist in the state of Texas with a primary practice located in Dallas County. Texas A&M University College of Dentistry faculty, graduate students and residents are also eligible.
Apply For Membership (Select Fifth District – Dallas County on TDA form)
Dallas County Dental Society is the local component of the American Dental Association and the Texas Dental Association. Being a member of the associations that work to protect your profession has never been more important. Dallas County Dental Society members receive ALL membership benefits offered by the Texas Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
Continuing Education and Conferences (Saving $1,200+ annually)
DCDS’s Southwest Dental Conference and TDA’s TEXAS Meeting registration fees are covered, as are CE credits at most DCDS General Membership Meetings. Discounts for many other continuing education courses offer opportunities to learn new skills relevant to your career.
Financial Resources (Saving $38,000+)
Student loan repayment can be refinanced and disability insurance purchased with great discounts. TDA Perks and ADA member programs have researched and negotiated substantial discounts for dental practice services and products.
Conflict Resolution (Saving $1,000+)
DCDS works in conjunction with TDA in the Peer Review process to resolve disputes concerning the quality and/or appropriateness of dental treatment to avoid involving the State Board. This process also handles utilization review resulting from differences of opinions between doctors and third party carriers.
DCDS members have first opportunity to hire fully trained graduates from the DCDS Dental Assisting School, our state-of-the-art learning center. Members can also post job listings for no charge on our on-line job bank, and in our newsletter for a minimal fee.
From local grassroots efforts (DCDS) to connecting with state (TDA) and national (ADA) legislators, we work tirelessly on your behalf to influence public policies affecting the practice of dentistry and the oral health of the public. Tools and assistance are also available for compliance/regulatory challenges.
Membership in DCDS provides the opportunity to cultivate mentor-mentee relationships; and to network with over 1,300 colleague dentists in the Dallas area, 8,800 in Texas and over 161,000 nationwide. A DCDS Membership mailing list is available to members.
Printed and online versions of DCDS Connection, the official publication of Dallas County Dental Society, are provided to members; as are TDA and ADA publications. These communications are aimed at keeping you connected to relevant news, research and expert advice that is not available outside of membership.
Promotion for Your Practice
Our free referral program to the public seeking a dentist includes ADA’s Find-a-Dentist database, which is advertised greatly via social media. An online pictorial membership roster (an excellent referral source!) is also available through Find-a-Dentist. Additionally, ADA provides an extensive amount of information on marketing your practice and other resources for practice management success.
Community Service Opportunities
We can connect you to service opportunities that utilize your dental skills. In addition to making a difference by helping others, volunteering increases job skills and helps you network with colleague dentists.
Other Local Perks
- CE Tracking – Submit your CE year-round. Contact us for verification certificates anytime.
- DCDS Facility Rental – Rent the facility at a special member rate.
- Pre-printed school excuse forms are provided free to members.
- Confidential free notary public service.
- Member mailing labels available for purchase.
- License and permit renewal reminders.
One dentist has little impact, but the combined efforts of the 161,000 member dentists across the nation will ensure that dentistry remains a strong and independent profession!
Read more in this article from one of our members.
It’s easy to apply for membership!
Complete the online application (Select Fifth District – Dallas County on this TDA form) or you can contact us and we will gladly send you the form:
Once your application is received by TDA, their Membership Coordinator will contact you with a customized dues quote. After your dues are received, your application will be forwarded to DCDS for approval. If you practice outside of Dallas County, we will forward your application to the appropriate dental society for processing. Members of other dental societies are eligible for DCDS Associate Membership that includes all member benefits.
When the application process is complete, you will receive a New Member Packet with information on upcoming events, member benefits, DCDS staff contact information and much more!
Contact our Member Relations Coordinator, Esther Gonzales Smith at [email protected].