For over 100 years, the NDA has been a national forum for minority dentists and a leader in advancing their rights within the dental profession, the armed services, the government, and the private sector. Through scholarships and support programs, the NDA promotes dentistry as a viable profession.

NDA goals and commitments are shared by its auxiliary organizations, namely the National Dental Association Foundation, Auxiliary to the NDA, the National Dental Assistants Association, the National Dental Hygienists’ Association, the Student National Dental Association and the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association. Together, these groups compose a membership of more than 10,000 strong, representing all 50 states and several countries abroad.