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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

DEA clarifies drug waste disposal rules


The federal Drug Enforcement Administration wants to clarify how dentists should dispose of drug waste.

CDC data shows early childhood caries trending down


CDC data presented at an Oct. 23-24 dental conference shows a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States.

Support the Action for Dental Health Act


In 2014, an estimated 181 million Americans will not visit a dentist1.
In 2010, more than 2.1 million people visited an emergency room due to unaddressed dental pain2.

The ADA is addressing these concerns to access to dental care through the Action for Dental Health (ADH) Campaign. It is a community-based, three-pronged approach to:

Congresswoman Susan Brooks Meets with IDA Members


IDA members Drs. Diane Buyer and Sue Germain met with Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R) at an October 24 community meeting at The Forum at The Crossing in Indianapolis.

Last call for change requests for CDT 2016


Each year, the ADA Council on Dental Benefit Programs' Code Maintenance Committee approves additions, revisions and deletions to the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature. Change requests can come from anyone, but they typically are submitted by individual dentists, dental specialty organizations, the ADA and third-party payers.

American Dental Association Installs New President


Maxine Feinberg, D.D.S., who practices periodontics in Cranford, N.J., was recently installed as president of the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Feinberg is the third female to serve as the president of the 158,000-member organization.

IDA Members Appointed to National Councils


Two members of the Indiana Dental Association have been appointed to councils of the American Dental Associaiton during the 2014 ADA Annual Session held October 9-13 in San Antonio, Texas .

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.

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