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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

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.

American Dental Association Releases CDT 2015 Codes


The American Dental Association (ADA) announces the release of CDT 2015. New books, training tools, and an app help dental professionals stay current on dental coding.

AT 2000 Processor Available


Dental clinic receives donated autoclave, now has x-ray processor to donate.

ACA’s ‘Spillover’ Effect: Dental Coverage Rate Increasing for Young Adults Whose Parents Receive Health Insurance through Employers


According to a new report published in Medical Care, some young adults are enjoying extended dental coverage under the health care policies of their parents, whose employers are voluntarily expanding dental coverage in conjunction with expanded medical coverage.

General Assembly Expands Prescriptive Supervision of Hygienists


The 2014 Indiana General Assembly approved, and Governor Pence has signed into law, HEA 1061, which expands the scope of dentists’ prescriptive supervision of dental hygienists. This new law has been reviewed by IDA attorneys who have revised the  following Q&A.

Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Indiana Dental Practices


To assist Indiana oral health practitioners in helping their patients quit tobacco, the Indiana Dental Association proudly announces the availability of the Tobacco Cessation Toolkit for Indiana Dental Practices.

American Dental Association Report to Congress Addresses Barriers to Access


The American Dental Association (ADA) released its inaugural “Action for Dental Health: Report to Congress” which recognizes the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Action for Dental Health (ADH) movement and the grassroots efforts taking place across the country to eliminate barriers to dental health.

OSAP Launches Online MERS Toolkit


In response to recent reports of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) cases in the U.S., the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has developed an online toolkit specifically for oral healthcare professionals.

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