The Student American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA) provides students with an opportunity to understand the importance and role of the professional organization. Student participants become members at the national, state, and local level of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (SADHA). Membership and participation with these professional organizations offer many benefits including the following:


Membership with ADHA will help to secure a future for dental hygiene. ADHA is working to protect the value of educational credentials and to preserve the integrity of professional licensure. Only through uniting in one voice can ADHA continue to represent dental hygienists successfully.

Access to Information

Members receive a subscription to the Journal of Dental Hygiene, ADHA's official publication that provides scientific and technical articles on clinical practice, research, and education. In addition, members receive the association's magazine, Access, which helps professionals stay abreast to the issues that are critical to the dental hygiene profession.

Continuing Education

ADHA membership offers a discount on self-study/virtual continuing education courses, courses offered at the ADHA annual session, and constituent and component continuing education events.

Employment Assistance

Members benefit from state employment job referral services, national classified advertising and employment reference materials. ADHA is a professional partner, supplying foreign employment contacts, information on state licensing authorities, lists of accredited dental hygiene programs and details on research grants and scholarships.

Professional Contacts

As part of your dues, you automatically become a member of your state constituent and local component organizations. These groups sponsor meetings and activities for your personal and professional benefit. By attending local, state and national functions, you have the opportunity to form new friendships and develop professional contacts.


Membership will provide opportunities to apply for various types of insurance such as professional liability, disability and major medical at competitive premiums.

Leadership Opportunities

Becoming active in ADHA affords the opportunity to acquire and develop new skills and interests, such as leadership and public speaking.


Members can make contributions to the community's oral health standards through professional activities with their local component.  Professional membership helps build an identity for individuals in the dental hygiene field. Participants can also become a role model for recruiting candidates into the dental hygiene program.


Students participate in the Florida Dental Hygiene Association's Annual Symposium during the fall semester. At this professional meeting second year students present and compete in poster presentation competition with other dental hygiene students from Florida dental hygiene programs. Additionally, students attend meetings and presentations specifically designed for students at this state meeting. This is a great opportunity for students to network with professional leaders in the state of Florida as well as national leaders in the profession. Additional meetings and professional activities are planned throughout the year.

Cost of Membership

Membership is $85.00. It includes national, local, and state memberships.

Dues for national membership (ADHA) are currently $65.

Dues for state membership (FSDHA) are currently $10.

Dues for local membership (SCF SADHA) are currently $10.

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