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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

Indiana receives grant for oral health study


The Oral Health Program at the Indiana State Department of Health recently announced plans to conduct a statewide survey during 2012 and 2013 to determine the oral health status of third graders in Indiana. The information obtained will help guide and direct public health efforts in Indiana.

Dental board announces new president, Dr. Gary Haller


The Indiana State Board of Dentistry recently announced Dr. Gary Haller, an IDA member dentist from Huntingburg, Ind., as its new President. Dental Board membership is comprised of 11 gubernatorial appointees, including one non-dentist to represent consumer concerns.

New officers announced for IUSD ethics group


The Student Professionalism & Ethics Association in Dentistry (SPEA) has announced its 2012-2013 officers at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. SPEA is a national student-driven association that was established to promote and support students’ lifelong commitment to ethical behavior in dentistry.

House focuses on budget, regulatory issues


This year’s IDA House of Delegates discussed and voted on 45 policy resolutions submitted by various members, councils and task forces. The reduction in non-dues revenue forced the House consider a dues increase. The House also focused on a series of resolutions proposed by the Task Force to Review the Dental Practice Act.

Editorial Board readies newsletter transition


The IDA Editorial Board and Council on Communications are transitioning printed newsletter content to the printed Journal and IDA website this fall. The 2012 House of Delegates approved the merge at its meeting in June, following a yearlong membership survey by the Council on Communications.

IDA introduces Dr. John Roberts as new president


The IDA introduced Dr. John Roberts, a general dentist from Connersville, Ind.,  as its new president at the 2012 meeting of the House of Delegates. Dr. Roberts has served in various IDA leadership roles, and recently presented his vision and goals for the coming year.

IDA hosts 154th Annual Session in Indianapolis


More than 1,500 Indiana Dental Association dentists and dental staff are sinking their teeth into downtown Indianapolis at their annual conference this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The event provides dentists with continuing education, special events and chances to connect with colleagues.

IDA House to focus on budget, Practice Act


Delegates and alternates to the upcoming House of Delegates will need to bring their calculators, as much focus will be on the proposed 2012-2013 budget and the Board of Trustees’ recommended dues increase. The House will also debate 20 recommended changes to the Indiana Dental Practice Act.

Member FAQ: Additional Dental Team Education


What additional education is required for assistants and hygienists to administer anesthesia, caries prevention, polishing and X-rays? Dental team members must complete educational or testing requirements to perform certain delegated duties.

Opinion: Assignment of Benefits Strikes Again


Assignment of Benefits legislation is necessary. With assignment of benefits, the insurance company can deal directly with the health care provider if there is a question or a dispute over the patient’s treatment. 

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