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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 Karen@INDental.org.


Do More Providers Mean More Care?

6/26/2013

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

6/20/2013

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

5/2/2013

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

3/14/2013

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

2/14/2013

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

2/13/2013

“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

2/7/2013

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

1/30/2013

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.

ADA debuts dental symptom checker app

1/9/2013

The American Dental Association (ADA) has introduced the ADA® Dental Symptom Checker™ on MouthHealthy.org to provide patients with accurate information about their oral health symptoms and help them make better-informed decisions about their oral health.

IDA publication transition nears completion

12/11/2012

As part of an effort to make member communications more effective, the Editorial Board and Council on Communications has now merged the printed newsletter into the printed Journal and IDA website, effective the December issue of the newsletter.

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