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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

Jane Pauley dental clinic opens in Indianapolis


Noted American broadcast journalist Jane Pauley joined students from the IU School of Dentistry and Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in the cutting of a cluster of ribbons to celebrate a new dental clinic for underserved patients on Indianapolis’ Eastside, where Pauley grew up.

Drinks Destroy Teeth calls for volunteers, donors


The Indiana Dental Association's award-winning Drinks Destroy Teeth program is seeking additional member support. In addition to member input and volunteer time, the program's chair, Dr. Diane Buyer, is calling on IDA members for financial support to achieve the programs 2012-2013 goals.

Chatter: An Interview with Dr. Virginia Crose


The IDA's Indiana Dentist newsletter randomly selects a member to interview about a variety of questions, ranging from practice advice to favorite hobbies. For the August issue we chatted with Dr. Virginia Crose, a retired IDA member from Zionsville, who helped pioneer Indiana dentistry for women.

State, national fluoridation debate returns


Some communities in Northern Indiana have suspended fluoridation. North Liberty and Walkerton in St. Joseph County, and Argos in Marshall County, have all discontinued fluoridation due to cost. The American Dental Association reports similar occurences across the country due to local economic concerns.

Are you compliant with Indiana's smoking ban?


Effective July 1, 2012, Indiana's statewide smoking ban took effect. Although some privately owned businesses received exemptions from the new law, all dental practices fall under the requirements of the new ban. As such, compliance must be achieved through appropriate signage and procedures.

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.

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