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Welcome to the Virginia Dental Association!

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The Virginia Dental Association (VDA) is a non-profit organization of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of our members - 3,700 of the best and brightest dentistry has to offer.  Together, we champion better oral health care for all Virginians.

It’s been ​over 145 years since a small group of nine dentists founded the "Virginia State Dental Association". Since then we’ve grown to become a constant trusted resource for ​Virginia dentists and their patients.

Welcome. We’re glad you’re here.


Considering Retirement?

One of the most frequent questions we hear when talking with dentists contemplating retirement is, “What am I going to do?” The Association of Retiring Dentists (ARD) helps answer this question while making the transition from full-time practice easier. 

It is well established that volunteering and serving others is a key component of happiness and longevity. The ARD is encouraging membership (currently free) for those dentists wanting to create a smooth transition and at the same time help others. 

The ARD is looking to have enough members in each state to help in volunteer clinics or do short-term or per diem work for colleagues who may suddenly become disabled. There are also other part-time opportunities for dentists to earn additional income which also allows a dentist to stay connected to the profession. 

We plan to expand our section on opportunities for both paid and volunteer positions. We also will notify members when opportunities arise. See what the volunteer page looks like here:  and join by going to this page: 

Membership is open to dentists of all ages because we believe that preparing for retirement should begin very early in one’s career and not only when one approaches age 65.