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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.


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.

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.

'Contact dentists' sought for new legislators

12/11/2012

Now that Election Day has passed, it is time to engage your representatives in the Statehouse. As the Indiana State Legislature welcomes 28 new faces in the upcoming legislative session, the time for IDA members to reach out on behalf of dentistry is now.

IDA outlines legislative package for 2013

12/11/2012

The IDA will pursue a number of legislative changes based on charges from the IDA House of Delegates. We have outlined a summary of the initiatives, for which we will need every member's voice and support in the 2013 Indiana General Assembly.

ADA delegates debate governance, finances

12/11/2012

IDA representatives to the ADA House of Delegates engaged in debate over governance restructuring and finances at the October meeting in San Francisco. Ultimately, the current governance structure was left largely unchanged.

The Importance of Member Email Addresses

12/11/2012

Effective the December issue of the Indiana Dentist, the IDA will no longer publish a printed bimonthly newsletter. Instead, news updates will be primarily distributed through a new biweekly IDA email update, with highlighted stories appearing in the IDA’s quarterly Journal.

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