By becoming a member of organized dentistry, you will enjoy unique benefits that will help ensure that your voice is heard and give you opportunities to engage and network with the dental community. Becoming a member of SDDS is now easier than ever. One application handles your membership for SDDS, The California Dental Association (CDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA).

Active Membership

Who is eligible?

A dentist shall be classified as an active member of this association who subscribes to, adheres to and is bound by the ethics and Bylaws of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the Sacramento District Dental Society, and who qualifies for membership under one or more of the following criteria:

  • Is licensed to practice dentistry in the geographic boundaries of the Sacramento District Dental Society
  • Is a graduate and holder of a DDS or DMD or other appropriate degree from a dental school accredited or approved by the American Dental Association and (i) engages in activities in government service or other endeavors which contribute to the profession of dentistry; or (ii) serves as a full-time dental educator in a dental school located in the area
  • Is a current holder of a special permit in oral and maxillofacial surgery issued by the State Board of Dental Examiners

Why join?

An active member in good standing shall receive the following benefits of membership: a certificate of active membership; a free subscription to the monthly Nugget newsletter; a free triannual membership directory; a reduced rate for the Journal of the California Dental Association; attendance at all SDDS events at member prices; and such other services as are provided by the SDDS, CDA, or ADA.

An active member in good standing shall be eligible for election as a delegate or alternate delegate to the CDA and ADA House of Delegates and for election or appointment to any office, committee, or agency of
this association.

An active member under a disciplinary sentence of suspension shall not be privileged to hold office, either elective or appointive, including delegate and alternate delegate, in the Sacramento District Dental Society of CDA, or to vote or otherwise participate in the election of officials of the SDDS or CDA.

Please complete the Active Membership Application form and return to SDDS or apply online.

Who is eligible?

A dentist who maintains membership in another CDA component as well as SDDS and who practices a minimum of one day a week in our component jurisdiction.

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Please complete the Dual Membership Application form and return to SDDS.

Who is eligible?

A dentist who maintains membership in good standing in the American Dental Association and is not otherwise eligible for active or life membership in this Society may be classified as an affiliate member of this Society.

Why join?

Affiliate members in good standing shall receive the following benefits of membership: a certificate of membership; a subscription to the SDDS Nugget; eligibility for CDA sponsored plans while residing in California; attendance at all SDDS events at member prices; and other services as are authorized by the Board of Trustees. Affiliate members shall have all the rights and privileges of active membership except the rights to hold elected office, Board positions, serve as a CDA delegate/alternate, and/or vote in any election, referendum, or meeting.

Please complete the Affiliate Membership Application form and return to SDDS.

Who is eligible?

  • Predoctoral: A student eligible for student membership in the American Dental Association may be classified as a student member of this association.
  • Postdoctoral: A dentist may be classified as a postdoctoral student provided he/she is engaged full-time in (a) an advanced training course of not less than one academic year’s duration in an accredited school or (b) an internship or residency program approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the ADA.

Why join?

A student member in good standing shall receive the following benefits of membership; the Nugget, the subscription price of which shall be included in the annual dues; attendance at all SDDS events at member prices; and any other benefits of membership.

Please complete the Student Membership Application form and return to SDDS.

Who is eligible?

A member in good standing who has been an active and/or retired member in good standing for 30 consecutive years or a total of 35 years of active and/or retired membership, having attained the age of 65 years, shall be automatically notified as to eligibility as a life member. Life membership shall be effective the calendar year following the year in which the requirements are fulfilled. Such applicant shall be a member in good standing at the time of his/her classification as a life member. Maintenance of membership in good standing in this component Society shall be a requisite for continuance of life membership in this association.

Why join?

A life member, active or retired, in good standing shall receive a pin of life membership and shall be entitled to all the privileges of an active member.

Please complete the Active Membership Application form and return to SDDS or apply online.

Who is eligible?

Any individual who is in the dental health profession, such as hygienists, assistants, office workers, lab technicians, county agency representatives may be classified as a DHP member of this Society.

Why join?

  • To attend SDDS events, CE courses, and Midwinter Convention at member prices
  • To get your own subscription to the Nugget (a $125 value!)
  • Because you love and support SDDS and want to become a part of Organized Dentistry
  • Because it’s only $95 for the whole year!

Please complete the DHP Membership Application form and return to SDDS.

All Applications: Please provide a photo for use in the Annual SDDS Membership Directory, either with your application or by email. Photos must be high resolution (300 dpi) and in .jpg or .tiff formats.


Membership Dues:

CLASSIFICATION SDDS CDA ADA TOTAL
Active-Full $390 $750 $532 $1630
Dual $390 $0 $0 $390
Affiliate $195 $0 $0 $195
Faculty $195 $375 $532 $1072
Military / Public Health $195 $0 $532 $727
First Year of Licensure /
Grad Year
$0 $0 $0 $0
Student / Post Graduate
(depending on date)
$20 $31 $30 $81
Retired
(depending on date)
$35 $57 – $402 $123 – 489 $215 – 926