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Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA) is a unique international organization of oral health professionals and other individuals who are dedicated to promoting oral health and well being for people with special needs.

SCDA is proud to bring together professionals from the Council of Hospital Dentistry (previously, the American Association of Hospital Dentists, AAHD), the Council of Dentistry for People with Disabilities (previously, the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, ADPD) and the Council of Geriatric Dentistry (previously, the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, ASGD).

Because many of the goals and activities of these three practice areas overlap, the component groups joined forces and formed SCDA. By fully integrating these groups, SCDA benefits its members – and the patients they serve – by having a united leadership and a single mission.

Members include dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, non-dental healthcare providers, health program administrators, residents, students and hospitals.

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For general information about the Special Care Dentistry Association or for more details concerning membership, the Special Care in Dentistry Journal or the Outcomes Assessment Exam, contact SCDA Headquarters.

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