Career and Practice

The ODA has spent countless hours gathering and organizing information so that you don’t have to. We understand the value of your time and as a result we have collected and condensed the information you need so that it is easy to find and read. Best of all, you can choose the medium that best suits your needs.

Our website is always available and offers information on:

  • Handling patient records
  • Terminating a dentist/patient relationship
  • Working with dental insurers
  • Regulatory compliance checklists, rules and regulations
  • Tips on successfully managing a dental practice

If you are looking for answers to specific questions, the ODA staff is available by phone during regular business hours – free of charge. Staff members have more than 100 years of collective experience working with dental professionals like you. Professionally trained and courteous, they can answer questions on dental insurance, the law as it pertains to dental practice, regulatory compliance, accounting, media relations, marketing and other practice related issues.

Additionally, the ODA also publishes a monthly newsletter, ODA Today, and an e-Newsletter called NewsBytes. Both include the latest information from the field, keeping you up to date on the ever-evolving profession of dentistry.

Interested in joining the ODA and receiving these and the many other benefits of membership? Visit the Join the ODA page.

Public Service

The ODA provides a range of public service and consumer-oriented programs that are geared to improving the oral health of all Ohioans. The ODA is also Ohio's resource for oral health information to help consumers understand the importance of their oral health, and that having good oral health can contribute to their good overall health. ODA programs include:

Give Kids a Smile

This initiative provides free dental care to thousands of underprivileged Ohio children. Participating dentists volunteer their time and resources to screen and treat children who would not otherwise have access to dental care.


Dental OPTIONS, a joint program of the ODA and the Ohio Department of Health, works to provide access to dental care for uninsured Ohioans.

For more information on these programs and other ODA public service activities click here.