Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists' Association (SADHA)


Student Members of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, or SADHA, is a category of membership within the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. ADHA is an association dedicated to the advancement and promotion of dental hygiene. ADHA is the association of your profession.

You have taken a significant step in your future and have chosen to enter an important role in the oral health care profession. Whether you have just started school, or are close to graduation, SADHA is your critical link to the dental hygiene profession.

You are the primary driving force in your association and the essential foundation upon which the future of dental hygiene is based.

SADHA Membership Application

Benefits of Student Membership in ADHA

As a student member, you are provided with invaluable opportunities to preview your career as a dental hygienist. Your affiliation with ADHA will help secure the success of your future in dental hygiene.
  • Scholarships - The ADHA Institute for Oral Health offers a variety of scholarship programs and research grants for students seeking careers in dental hygiene.
  • Recognition in Your Field - Membership in ADHA provides opportunities for professional growth and recognition. Leadership opportunities are available at every level of membership.
  • Countless Networking Opportunities - Join over 35,000 of your colleagues who have made the commitment to dental hygiene and to ADHA. Members at the state and local levels meet regularly to discuss ideas, information and to share experiences.
  • Employment Assistance - ADHA offers national advertising and employment reference materials to assist students upon graduation.
  • Job Security - Once you’ve found a job, ADHA is right there helping to monitor legislative efforts to impact government activities that affect the practice of dental hygiene.
  • Financial Security - ADHA provides members with affordable professional liability insurance, as well as group health, automobile, term life and disability insurance. You are also eligible to apply for a student MasterCard.
  • Continuing Education - ADHA helps you stay abreast of the issues affecting the dental hygiene profession. Student Members are eligible to receive a 25% discount on self-study continuing education programs. Students will also receive information about the ADHA’s Annual Session.

After graduation...

Upon graduation from an accredited program in dental hygiene, you will be eligible to become an Active Member of ADHA. Active Membership will entitle you to all the benefits you received as a student, and many more.

The following services were designed especially for you, the dental hygiene professional:

  • Countless educational programs, workshops and conferences to keep you informed of changes and advancements in your profession, and to help keep your license current.
  • State constituent and local component member services and benefits.
  • Representation of your professional opinions in legislative action affecting your patients as well as your profession.
  • Group insurance policies at competitive rates.
  • Innovative self-study and continuing education programs.

Membership in your professional association demonstrates your commitment to excellence and the highest standards of preventive oral health care.

SADHA Membership Application

SADHA at the University of Detroit Mercy

During the past several years UDM has had 100% membership of its students in SADHA. This is noteworthy since SADHA membership is not mandatory at UDM.


A dental hygiene faculty member serves as the SADHA advisor each year. Four student officers are elected that include the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The President and Secretary are second year dental hygiene students and the Vice-President and Treasurer are first year dental hygiene students. Periodic business meetings are held with the membership.

Fundraising UDM SADHA raises funds to support their activities by participating in the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) Fall Snack Sale. Other fundraising endeavors in the past have included a bagel sale, bake sale, and dental picture frames.

School and Community Service

SADHA members participate in the School of Dentistry Open House, National Childrens' Dental Health Month and National Dental Hygiene Month activities.

SADHA members may participate in community service projects. In the past SADHA members have participated in Habitat for Humanities, the Diabetes Walkathon, and the Macomb District Dental Hygienists' Society Heartfelt Project.


Professional Development and Networking

UDM SADHA is assigned to the Macomb District Dental Hygienists' Society (MDDHS) local dental hygiene component. The dental hygienist members of MDDHS provide professional mentoring for the UDM students. MDDHS has sponsored informational lunches for SADHA members and community service projects. They also offer financial support for SADHA members to attend professional activities.

All members of UDM SADHA attend the Michigan SADHA Day. This professional networking meeting is for all SADHA members from the 12 dental hygiene programs across the state. Each year a different dental hygiene program hosts the meeting.

SADHA member representatives attend the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) District V meeting and SADHA conference each year. The conference provides an opportunity for interaction between students and active registered dental hygienists from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. It is also a great opportunity for students and SADHA advisors and ADHA members to share ideas.

SADHA members also serve as student representatives to both the ADHA and MDHA House of Delegates. They have also attended the MDHA President's Summit and Leadership conferences.

Professional Presentations are planned by UDM SADHA to educate students on topics of interest. Outside or in-house speakers are invited to provide presentations on subject areas such as powered toothbrushes, tooth whitening, stress management or any other topics suggested by SADHA members. Usually one professional presentation is held each term and is open to all SADHA members.

Purpose of SADHA

  • Get the students familiar with the structure and function of the ADHA.
  • Encourage students to become active members of the ADHA
  • Promote oral health of the public.
  • Expand professional knowledge.
  • Maintain professional communication.

Benefits of being an SADHA member:

  • Access to information
    • Journal of Dental Hygiene
    • Access Magazine
  • Scholarships
  • Recognition in your field
  • Countless networking opportunities
  • Employment Assistance
  • Financial Security
  • Continuing Education

ADHA Goals

  • Improve public's oral health.
  • Advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care.
  • Increase awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention.
  • Promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, practice, and research.
  • Representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.
  • Promote the dental hygiene profession as a integral component of health care.

SADHA Annual Dues

$45.00, due December 31st.
Membership runs annually from January 1st - December 31st

Qualifications for Membership

May be any Dental Hygiene student enrolled at the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Dentistry who possesses a satisfactory scholastic standing.

Properly turn in the application for membership and dues on or before the due date.


Monthly meetings are held for the members at times and dates that are TBA.

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