What is the MSDA?

What is the MSDA?

The Maryland State Dental Association represents the dental profession’s efforts to provide high quality and ethical oral health care to the public. It is the professional association for dentists in the state of Maryland, and a constituent of the American Dental Association. There are twelve component dental societies located throughout Maryland. These three entities make up the tripartite membership system of the ADA; the national level, state level, and local level.

The Maryland State Dental Association has been serving the dental community since 1883 in providing:

  • Advocacy to Protect Oral Healthcare and the Profession
  • Charitable Outreach 
  • Continuing Education for Dentists 
  • Education for Non-Dentist Clinicians
  • Patient Advocacy
  • MSDA Endorsed Products


What is a tripartite organization?

As the ADA exists with a component on the national, state, and local level, it may be described as a tripartite association. To be a tripartite member, dentists must join all three of these levels. Each level within the tripartite sets its own dues, elects its own officers and directors, and makes decisions on the services and benefits it offers to its members.


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