AdvocacyBrief_Jan2019_FinalASDA protects and advances the rights, interests and welfare of dental students. The organization strives to inform students about the issues impacting their profession and provides opportunities to advocate for their rights as future dentists. 

ASDA's Council on Advocacy launches grassroots initiatives in support of dental students and the profession and works to establish a legacy of action-oriented advocacy on behalf of our members' patients and the practice of dentistry.

The legislative liaisons at your chapter work closely with legislative coordinators who serve the district to develop programs and advance advocacy initiatives locally. There are many ways you can get involved!

2018 was a busy year for ASDA advocacy. From the passage of the Action for Dental Health Act to the Advocacy Molar Bear visiting nearly every ASDA chapter, students got engaged and made a difference. Take a few moments to review the year’s successes


Engage is ASDA's action alert system that informs members about critical issues and allows you to participate in the discussion and processes that impact your life as a dental student and your future career as a dentist. Read this blog post on how to use Engage.

Issues and Legislative Priorities

Learn about the key issues facing the dental profession, and the actions ASDA has taken related to them. 

Act locally

Find ways you can get involved in advocacy activities at your ASDA chapter. 


The American Dental Political Action Committee (ADPAC) is the bipartisan legislative arm of the American Dental Association. ADPAC gives a political voice to thousands of dentists and dental students who care deeply about their patients and profession.