About the Florida Dental Association
A question the FDA is often asked is if they’re a dentist office. When they say no, they’re usually asked what they do. The answer is fairly straightforward; they’re an association for licensed Florida dentists. They’re a state-level branch of the ADA (American Dental Association), which represents and connects dentists from around the country. Since they’re the Florida Dental Association, it’s their job to connect and represent dental experts throughout Florida.
The FDA was founded back in 1884. 12 dentists grouped together to start up a professional organization. Today they represent over 8,100 members. The entire state of Florida is the 17th Trustee District in the governing structure of the ADA. The ADA Board of Trustees contains several members of the FDA, as do a number of committees and councils.
There are six district associations that all report to the FDA. Each one focuses on the specific needs of their area. Each district group is further broken down into local groups. Each of these groups has their own membership rules and programs that they offer, but generally, they’re going to be similar to the district rules. Since the Florida Dental Association is broken down in this manner, it’s referred to as a tripartite or an organization broken into three-part. If you join at one level, you’re considered a member on all three levels. They call this the “Power of Three”. It strongly underscores the ADA and FDA’s desire to help all of their members succeed. They offer services and programs that help dental experts continue their education and purchase necessary equipment at discounts.
FDA Services, the insurance subsidiary, is an insurance agency that’s wholly owned by the FDA. Founded in 1989 it gave the FDA members a hand in managing malpractice premiums that started shooting up in the early 1980s. FDAS stands above other insurance options due to a primary focus on dentist suits and risks that Florida dental experts are more susceptible to. FDAS offers any and all insurance products that a dentist may need no matter where they are in their careers.
The philanthropic branch of the Florida Dental Association is the FDA Foundation. Their job is to promote dental health in Florida. Their mission is to gain investors and offer free education and services where necessary. Their main programs are Project: Florida Mission of Mercy, Donated Dental Services, and Dentists Care.
To learn more about the people on staff and the names of people who’ve served in volunteer roles and on the Board of Trustees, visit the Florida Dental Associations website.
Farnham Dentistry is proud to be a member of the Florida Dental Association!