About Us

What Makes Us

Overview of
our Organization

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 120,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) in the United States.

Continuing education curriculum

Information-packed reserach journal and magazine

Continuing education curriculum

Nationwide employment assistance program networking

Networking opportunities through state Constituent and local Component organizations

Be a part of the most powerful voice for the profession's collective goals, advocating for advancements that result in better care and more rewarding careers.

Dedication to dental profession

Dedication to dental profession

Long-Standing supporter of dental hygienist

Long-Standing supporter of dental hygienist

Commitment to the personal/ professional success of our members.

Commitment to the personal/ professional success of our members.

ADHA and MDHA gives members tools, information and support needed to build successful careers. We position dental hygiene as a champion of oral health and as a valuable partner of the dental industry.

Info below is from the
Dental Hygiene Program
Vocational Technical School

If you are interested in a health career oriented toward preventing disease and helping patients maintain good oral health, dental hygiene may be the career for you.

If you would like:

The responsibility of direct patient care

The opportunity to work in pleasant surroundings

The satisfaction of helping others

The chance to work with people on an individual basis

The convenience of flexible work hours

The opportunity to practice nationwide and abroad

A career with many job opportunities

Then dental hygiene may be right for you.

Dental hygiene functions vary somewhat from state to state. Functions routinely performed by dental hygienists in Mississippi include, but are not limited to:

Scaling and polishing teeth

Applying fluoride treatments and dental sealants

Taking and processing x-rays

Examining teeth and surrounding tissues

Screening for hypertension and oral cancer

Educating patients regarding dental diseases, plaque control, and proper home care

Providing dental health education in the community

Providing nutritional information and advice

Then dental hygiene may be right for you.

National Headquarters Structure
Located in Chicago

Mission: To improve the public’s total health, the mission of the Mississippi Dental Hygienists’ Association is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) was formed in 1923 to develop communication and mutual cooperation among dental hygienists. Today, ADHA is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 120,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) in the United States.


ADHA’s national headquarters is organized into the following divisions, all of which report to the executive director, who works out of the executive office.


Executive Office
Works closely with the ADHA Board of Trustees, councils and committees. Coordinates the association’s annual meetings; manages fundraising and corporate relations; and maintains liaison activities with other health organizations.


Member Services
Maintains membership records and communicates with members, potential members, constituents, and components on all aspects of membership.


Promotes the advancement of dental hygiene education through collaboration with the dental hygiene and dental education communities of interest; provides support to the dental hygiene practice community; maintains database of dental hygiene education programs; publishes Education Update; and interacts with other health professions, consumer groups, and health workforce agencies.


Promotes the implementation of the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda; provides resource support through conferences and research, and interacts with other health professions and consumer groups.


Governmental Affairs
Monitors legislation; works with state legislative chairs; provides information on issues related to legislation and dental hygiene practice; promotes ADHA interests before Congress; monitors federal activities; and administers funds granted for state activities.


Implements ADHA’s public relations programs; also publishes the Journal of Dental Hygiene, the official scientific journal of ADHA, and Access, a professional magazine that addresses practice, legislative, and lifestyle issues. Also responsible for managing ADHA Online.


Finance and Management Information Systems
Oversees association assets and audits; maintains accounting records; manages data processing and the product order department.


Institute for Oral Health
ADHA’s foundation awards dental hygiene scholarships, research grants, fellowships, and community service grants.


1) Component
ADHA’s 375 local dental hygiene associations are known as component organizations. They form the first line of involvement for individual members. The components implement community service programs, educational sessions, and offer ideas and information about state and national policies.

2) Constituent
This is the state dental hygiene association. The constituent organizations serve the components in their jurisdictions by informing them of national policies and programs, and monitoring legislation.


3) National
This level represents the interests of all dental hygienists and provides educational and professional development programming. It is comprised of 12 geographic districts, each of which represents a group of constituents. The national organization receives input from the constituent and components through elected district trustees. The trustees, president, president-elect, vice-president, treasurer, and immediate past president make up the board of trustees–the administrative body charged with conducting all national association business.