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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

Member FAQ: Additional Dental Team Education


What additional education is required for assistants and hygienists to administer anesthesia, caries prevention, polishing and X-rays? Dental team members must complete educational or testing requirements to perform certain delegated duties.

Opinion: Assignment of Benefits Strikes Again


Assignment of Benefits legislation is necessary. With assignment of benefits, the insurance company can deal directly with the health care provider if there is a question or a dispute over the patient’s treatment. 

American Dental Association awards grants to IDA


The Indiana Dental Association recently received $26,200 in two grants from the American Dental Association for new membership outreach programs: The Indiana AIR Leadership Program and “Dental Divas” program for women dentists.

Website 101: Learn the basics with tutorial videos


The IDA Council on Communications recently released a series of online tutorial videos to help familiarize members with basic features of the Association’s website. The short video clips describe the steps for some key online member services, such as searching the membership directory.

Dental students apply for tripartite membership


More than 75 fourth-year students at the Indiana University School of Dentistry committed to membership in organized dentistry as part of the Indiana Dental Association’s annual “Signing Day.” The event provided an opportunity to sign up for membership in the IDA. 

IDA evaluates potential outcomes of healthcare reform


President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010. Two years have passed, and there is still much work to do to determine the practical implications of the 2,400-page law.

Opinion: How's Your Service?


Any business – a dental office, gas station, or  government agency – can have poor customer (patient) service if their employees receive inadequate training or have a poor attitude.  How many patients have we disappointed and, as a result, left our practice?

154th IDA Annual Session set for return to Indy


The IDA will host its 154th Annual Session in Indianapolis June 6-9, 2012. 1,500 dentists, dental staff, spouses and exhibitors will convene to participate in continuing education opportunities, social events, downtown tourism and the meeting of the IDA House of Delegates.

IDA dentist wins primary election for state House seat


Longtime IDA member Dr. Denny Zent is one step closer to being an Indiana State Representative, following a significant victory in the May 8 primary election. Garnering 5,367 votes district-wide, Dr. Zent defeated Republican opponent Aaron Claudy, who received 1,481 votes.


Dental board issues position on Botox, dermal fillers


The Indiana State Board of Dentistry has released a position statement on the use of Botox and other dermal fillers. The new position, while not enforceable by any existing state rule or statute, addresses concerns among the dental community about dental uses of these chemicals.

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