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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

ADA Seeks 750 Volunteers for Mission of Mercy Event in New Orleans


Volunteers are encouraged to register for the American Dental Association (ADA) Mission of Mercy (MOM) charity dental clinic scheduled to take place Sunday, Nov. 3, in New Orleans, the site of the ADA’s 2013 Annual Session and World Marketplace Exhibition.

IU School of Dentistry congratulates Jeffrey Dean on his appointment as IUPUI Chancellor Charles Bantz’s new chief of staff


Indiana University School of Dentistry professor and administrator Jeffrey A. Dean has taken his long record of distinguished service to the university a significant step further by accepting an appointment as new chief of staff for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor and IU Executive Vice President Charles R. Bantz.

Do More Providers Mean More Care?


Is the size of the dentist workforce really a major factor affecting access disparities?  The facts cast serious doubt on that notion.

American Dental Association Statement on Regular Dental Visits


The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends regular dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist. In light of a new study published in the Journal of Dental Research titled "Patient Stratification for Preventive Care in Dentistry," the ADA wants to remind consumers that the frequency of their regular dental visits should be tailored by their dentists to accommodate for their current oral health status and health history.

2013 Indiana General Assembly Adjourns


The General Assembly adjourned Saturday, April 27 after passing the state budget. IDA supported SEA 590, the Omnibus Dental Practice Act Bill, is headed to the Governor's office for signature.  

Indiana DDS nears $11 million in donated services


Within the next few months, Indiana Donated Dental Services (DDS) is expected to reach a milestone of $11 million in donated services since its inception in 1991. In the last fiscal year, more than 600 volunteer dentists and 180 laboratories provided $1.1 million in dental treatment.

Dental Practice Act bill clears Senate Committee


Senate Bill 590, the IDA-supported bill that proposes multiple changes to the Dental Practice Act, passed out of the Senate Health and Provider Services Committee unanimously Wednesday, February 13. The bill now moves forward to be debated on the Senate floor.

IUSD revamps its Give Kids a Smile program


“Give Kids a Smile” (GKAS) is a widely recognized national program that enables community members and dentists to offer free dental services to many underserved children. The program was adopted by the ADA in 2003 and has since served thousands of children's dental health needs.

Non-covered services bill passes Indiana Senate


The bill that would prohibit Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs) from setting fees for dental services not covered in their policies has passed through the Indiana Senate and is awaiting a House committee hearing. Senate Bill 208 (SB 208), passed and will now proceed to the Indiana House.

Health Affordable Care Act impacts tax returns


The health insurance landscape is changing, and it's critical to be informed and prepared. A 50% health care tax credit, effective January 1, 2014, is only allowed to be claimed in two consecutive years. There are other phase-out measures within the Affordable Care Act language and the IRS guidelines.

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