While membership in the TDA, in the end, is about supporting and improving the profession of dentistry and the oral health of Tennessee, our members find that the benefits far outweigh the cost of their dues, and some benefits would be impossible to obtain by any other means.
It would cost a great deal for individual dentists if the ADA was not there to protect the interests of dentistry at the national level, or if the TDA was not there to lobby for or against legislation affecting the profession. If a dentist had to hire experts to answer every regulatory or human resources question or problem that arose, pay the going rate for continuing dental education courses, or research every compliance issue on his or her own, the price would significantly higher than the cost of membership.
Furthermore, participation in endorsed programs and services (including healthcare coverage, compliance assistance, professional liability insurance, office management) can provide members with significant savings. Many members are able to recoup a good deal of their dues dollars through the savings they receive by simply participating in these programs.