Welcome to The Nova Scotia Dental Association

The Voice for Dentistry in Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Dental Association (NSDA) is a member-based organization serving the needs of more than 500 dentist members across the province. As a not-for-profit organization, the NSDA has been the voice for dentistry in Nova Scotia since 1891. The Association is directed by its Governing Council of 15 dentists, who determine the NSDA’s focus and scope of activities and programming.

The NSDA is a member of the Canadian Dental Association, alongside provincial dental associations in Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Dental Association and Yukon Dental Association. The NSDA’s mission is to help dentists be better dentists in service to Nova Scotians. 

This mission is achieved through the NSDA’s member-targeted programs and services, as well as through oral health promotion activities and partnerships with community-based organizations and the Faculty of Dentistry at Dalhousie University.

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How do I Make a Complaint? 

Please note, patient complaints are managed by the

Occasionally patients are unhappy with their experience with a dental visit or just need more information about their treatment or the fees associated with it. The NSDA encourages all patients to first speak directly with their dentist or the dental practice staff if a problem or questions arises. If a direct conversation does not address the matter, formal complaints are managed through the Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia – not the NSDA.

Giving Back to our Communities

Members working and living in their communities see opportunities everyday where their profession can make a difference. The NSDA ’s Community Fund helps take that opportunity and make it reality.

The fund provides financial assistance to community-focused groups, projects, events and initiatives. The goal is to support activities which build better communities.


  • To impact the community where members live and practice

  • To elevate the profession as a whole as being good professional citizens

  • To make an impact beyond oral health

  • To build, influence & support for the profession with a wide audience of Nova Scotians’

Since 2007, the NSDA community fund has sponsored over $150,000 in community development projects across the province.