Why choose an ODA/ADA member? 

When you choose an ODA/ADA member dentist, you’re choosing a dentist who has access to a wealth of up-to-date information and resources, and has agreed to follow the ADA Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct and made a professional promise to put your health and well-being first.

When it comes to choosing your dentist, the ODA wants you to feel confident and secure. If you are looking for a dental home, please visit the ADA-sponsored website, Mouth Healthy to find an ADA/ODA member dentist near you.


These are the five ethical principles that make up the ADA Code:

Principle 1: Self-governance 
You have the right as a patient to be involved in your treatment decisions, and your ADA dentist has a duty to honor your decisions within acceptable treatment parameters and to safeguard your privacy. 

Principle 2: Do no harm
Your ADA dentist has a duty to protect you from harm and must keep his or her knowledge and skills current.

Principle 3:
 Do good
Your ADA dentist has a duty to promote your welfare by delivering competent and timely dental care that takes into consideration your needs, desires and values. 

Principle 4: Fairness
Your ADA dentist has a duty to treat all people fairly and deliver dental care without prejudice.

Principle 5: Truthfulness
Your ADA dentist has a duty to be honest and trustworthy.