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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

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.


Healthy Indiana Plan sought for exchange solutions


IDA members are asking, “How does the Patient Affordable Care Act (PACA) affect my patients and my practice?" The Indiana Health Finance Commission is monitoring the Indiana Department of Insurance and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration in the implementation of PACA.

Coordination of Benefit legislation joins AOB efforts


For the 2012 Legislative Session the IDA will seek a comprehensive coordination of dental benefits legislative proposal. This proposal will stand alongside the Association’s longstanding support of the passage of a comprehensive assignment of benefit law. 

IDA names Dr. Terry Schechner president


The IDA announced Dr. Terry Schechner, a pediatric dentist in Valparaiso, Ind.,  as its new president at the 2011 meeting of the House of Delegates. Dr. Schechner, who has practiced since 1985, has served in various IDA leadership roles, and presented his vision and goals for the coming year.

Patient Compensation Fund changes announced


The Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) has announced changes in the contribution formulas for dentist participants in the Patient Compensation Fund (PCF). The changes will mean decreased fund surcharges for most dentists, as the contribution changes to a flat rate of $530. 

153rd IDA Annual Session concludes


The Indiana Dental Association's 153rd Annual Session concluded at the historic French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind. Events closed with the meeting of the IDA House of Delegates and Board of Trustees.

IDA recognizes Dr. Martin Szakaly's presidency


Dr. Martin Szakaly, 2010-2011 IDA president, concludes his term at the 153rd Annual Session in French Lick. A general dentist from South Bend, Ind., Dr. Szakaly has led a number of initiatives, including a new website and increased visibility for councils and committees.

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