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The Connecticut State Dental Association 150 Years of Advancing Dental Care

This year marks the Connecticut State Dental Association’s (CSDA) 150th anniversary. Since its founding, the association has stayed true to its charge of educating, advocating, communicating and collaborating on behalf of its members and the public which it serves to advance oral health in Connecticut.
January 6, 2014 -- This year marks the Connecticut State Dental Association’s (CSDA) 150th anniversary. Since its founding, the association has stayed true to its charge of educating, advocating, communicating and collaborating on behalf of its members and the public which it serves to advance oral health in Connecticut. 

The Association was formed on October 20, 1864 by 39 dentists who saw a need to protect patients from untrained and uneducated tradesmen performing dental procedures. During the 1860s there were no dental laws in Connecticut, which meant that anyone could become a dentist regardless of license or training. The CSDA worked to transform dentistry from a trade to a medical profession that required scientific and medical knowledge, and training. 

“I am proud of the CSDA’s 150 year history. Today, we still uphold the ethics and commitment our founding members made, which is to ensure all patients receive the highest quality of care from dental professionals,” said Dr. Mark Desrosiers, CSDA President. “The work of the CSDA has resulted in advancing the profession of dentistry and increasing access to affordable, quality dental care for Connecticut’s residents. 

The CSDA reached a major milestone in 1893 when the first dental law passed. The law 
recognized dentistry as a profession, established a board of dental commissioners and granted them appropriate powers and authority. Today, the CSDA continues to advocate for legislation that protects, advances and increases access to oral health for the state’s residents. 
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