Founded in 1928, the Jamaica Dental Association (JDA) is a non-profit professional association. The Jamaica Dental Association (JDA) is the national voice for dentistry, dedicated to the advancement and leadership of a unified profession and to the promotion of optimal oral health, an essential component of general health.
The first convention of the Jamaica Dental Association was held in 1965 at the Kingston Sheraton Hotel, hosted by a small group of enterprising dentists with a passion for excellence paralleling the dental care of First World countries. Spurred on by the reception attendant on their endeavors, the JDA after a few years took the convention to the North Coast of Jamaica, which locus would attract a greater international clientele.
Over the years the Governor General as Head of State, and other leaders of Government have shown their recognition and appreciation of the JDA’s endeavors through their annual messages of goodwill. Now after fifty years, the JDA, by means of its Annual Convention still continues to obtain international recognition for Dentistry in our island, pursuing the initial policy of exposing the island’s dentists to the latest techniques, materials and practices with the expectation of approaching the goal of Excellence.