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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

Guidance to Dental Professionals on the Ebola Virus


A person infected with Ebola is not considered contagious until symptoms appear. Due to the virulent nature of the disease, it is highly unlikely that someone with Ebola symptoms will seek dental care when they are severely ill. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the ADA Division of Science, dental professionals are advised to take a medical history, including a travel history from their patients with symptoms in which a viral infection is suspected.

Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., to Assume ADA Presidency in 2015


Carol Summerhays, D.D.S., a general dentist in San Diego, is the new president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA). She will assume the role of president of the ADA in November 2015, when she will lead the 158,000-member organization, America’s leading advocate for oral health.

ADA, CDC Provide Ebola Resources


In light of the first confirmed Ebola case diagnosed in the U.S., the American Dental Associaiton has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that all ADA dentists remain informed and vigilant on behalf of their patients, their dental team members and the public at large.

EPA Issues Draft Amalgam Separator Rule


The ADA is reviewing a draft rule intended to reduce the amount of dental amalgam that dental offices release into wastewater systems published yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Association will comment on the rule once that review is completed.

Hotel Reservations Going Quickly


Hotel reservations for the 2015 Annual Session at the French Lick Springs Resort or the West Baden Spring Hotel have been selling quickly.

IndianaMOM Needs Your Support


The IndianaMOM Committee has set a lofty goal of charitable dental care for 2,000 patients over the two days.

Support Regulatory Reform in Congress


This week, the House of Representatives will vote on pro-growth legislation that would enable our elected officials in Congress to have greater control in preventing rules that needlessly hinder the way you run your dental practices.

Local Dentists Warn of Drug Seekers


A dentist recently reported to the IDA Central Office that he and a number of his colleagues in northeast Indiana have been contacted by an individual seeking pain medications.

DEA Imposes Tighter Regulations on Hydrocodone Combination Products (HCPs)


On Aug. 22, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced that hydrocodone combination products (HCPs), which include opioids such as Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab and Norco, will be reclassified as Schedule II substances and subject to tighter restrictions.

ADA Continues Support for Community Fluoridation


The American Dental Association (ADA) unreservedly endorses the fluoridation of community water supplies as safe, effective and necessary in preventing tooth decay.  ADA has carefully monitored scientific research regarding safety and efficacy.

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