Founded by dentists in Chicago in 1865, the Illinois State Dental Society continues to write an interesting history each year through achievements that not only improve the oral health of the public, but also enhance the profession of dentistry. Past leaders in the state and local dental societies have paved the way for their successors to enjoy a bright future in organized dentistry.
Today's member may serve not only ISDS, but also the local or national organizations, in a variety of capacities. Those who choose to serve accept the momentous responsibility of decision making for the Society and their dental colleagues, and chart the course for generations of dentists to come.
Organized dentistry has enjoyed an illustrious and accomplished history and holds a future full of promise due to the dedication and commitment of its members.
Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 161,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. The vision of the ADA is to be the recognized leader on oral health with its mission to help all members succeed.