Alabama's Oral Health Advocate

Media Contact:

Coella Judkins
836 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
Phone 334.265.1684
Fax 334.262.6218

ALDA Facts of Interest:

  • The Alabama Dental Association was founded in 1869.
  • The Alabama Dental Association was the first state dental association to establish a Dental Practice Act.
  • The object of the Alabama Dental Association is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and the public for which it serves.
  • The Alabama Dental Association has more than 1,600 members in nine local District Dental Societies and one dental school.
  • The Alabama Dental Association represents more than 80 percent of Alabama dentists.
  • The American Dental Association (ADA) represents members of the Alabama Dental Association on a national level. The Alabama Dental Association is a constituent (state) society of the American Dental Association. All ALDA members are also members of the ADA as well as their local District Dental Society.
  • The dental school located in Alabama is known as the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and is located in Birmingham, Alabama.
  • The Alabama Dental Association helps coordinate several programs that serve the disabled and elderly.
  • More than eighty percent of dentists in the United States are in general practice. The following specialists represent the remainder:
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon: The oral surgeon provides diagnostic, operative and related services dealing with disease, injuries and defects in the mouth, jaw and face through surgical extraction or reconstruction.
  • Orthodontist: The orthodontist treats problems related to irregular dental development, missing teeth and other developmental abnormalities in order to establish normal function and appearance of the teeth and jaws. "Braces" are often used in orthodontic treatment.
  • Pediatric Dentist: The pediatric dentist (pedodontist) offers comprehensive dental treatment to children, adolescents and young adults whose dental development is not complete.
  • Periodontist: The periodontist provides diagnosis and treatment of diseases that can seriously damage the gums, bone and other tissues that surround and support the teeth.
  • Prosthodontist: The prosthodontist constructs artificial appliances designed to restore and maintain oral function by replacing missing teeth and other oral structures.
  • Endodontist: The endodontist deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp, which is the internal soft tissue of the tooth. While they offer other types of treatment, endodontists are most commonly associated with root canal procedures.
  • Oral Pathologist: The oral pathologist deals with the identification and management of diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial structures. These diseases are diagnosed through the use of clinical, radiographic, microscopic and biochemical examinations.