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Welcome to the Indiana Dental Association online newsroom. We are pleased to bring you the latest dentistry and oral health updates in Indiana and across the country. For more information, or to share news, contact Karen Scharf, Director of Communications, at

Dental school faculty receive IDA awards


The Indiana Dental Association presented awards to Drs. Jack Windsor and Laura Romito at the Indiana University School of Dentistry Teaching Conference at McCormick's Creek State Park on Monday, October 17. Dr. Windsor received the IDA Outstanding Faculty Award, and Dr. Romito received the IDA Outstanding Teacher Award.

IDA launches online tools for councils, committees


As part of the IDA’s rollout of its new website, collaborative online tools are now available to councils, committees, the Board of Trustees, and the House of Delegates. Managed by IDA staff, the online pages will serve to improve effectiveness in planning meetings, provide a platform for posting minutes and meeting files, and enable interaction about topics in online forums.

IDA member announces candidacy for House seat


Dr. Dennis Zent, an Isaac Knapp District Dental Society member from Angola, announced he is a Republican candidate for the State Representative seat currently held by Rep. Dick Dodge (R-Ind.). Rep. Dodge recently informed constituents he would not be seeking reelection next year.

Trinity Free Clinic opens new facilities


The Trinity Free Clinic recently opened the doors of its new facilities in Carmel, Ind. Equipped with six operatories, the clinic is capable of seeing more patients and offering a broader spectrum of dental treatments. The Indiana Foundation for Dental Health donated $7,000 toward the new clinic.

Barriers to Case Acceptance


If your case acceptance isn’t where you’d like it to be, it’s natural to focus on the reasons patients give for delaying or declining care. Did you know, however, dentists and their teams can also create barriers to case acceptance? The good news is that these barriers, once you realize you have them, are easy to remove, providing a smooth path to patient case acceptance.

Dental school dedicates IDA Preclinical Laboratory


The Indiana University School of Dentistry recently welcomed hundreds of Indiana Dental Association members and alumni to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new IDA Preclinical Laboratory.The IDA lab salutes Indiana’s dental practitioners, whose steadfast support of the project helped make the renovations possible.

Drinks Destroy Teeth wins Golden Apple Award


The American Dental Association (ADA) awarded Drinks Destroy Teeth, an oral health outreach program for Indiana children, with its prestigious 2011 Golden Apple Award. The program is a special initiative of the Indiana Dental Association to educate young people about the harmful effects of sugary and acidic drinks.

Dedication of IUSD lab set for Sept. 17


Advanced technology in the Indiana University School of Dentistry’s new lab, dedicated to the IDA, blurs the line between preclinical and clinical courses to allow dental students to get a realistic feel for patient care.

IDA welcomes IU School of Dentistry class of 2015


On July 7 and 8, 2011, the Indiana Dental Association welcomed Indiana University School of Dentistry’s newest class to organized dentistry. Held annually, the Association’s orientation for IUSD students introduces new students to the benefits of IDA membership, IDA programs and publications, and IDA personnel.

Foundation sends aid to Joplin, sponsors students


The Indiana Foundation for Dental Health recently reached out to dentists in Joplin, Mo., who lost their practices after tornados struck earlier this spring, and also helped bring two Kenyan dental students to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.


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