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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

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. 

American Dental Association awards grants to IDA


The Indiana Dental Association recently received $26,200 in two grants from the American Dental Association for new membership outreach programs: The Indiana AIR Leadership Program and “Dental Divas” program for women dentists.

Website 101: Learn the basics with tutorial videos


The IDA Council on Communications recently released a series of online tutorial videos to help familiarize members with basic features of the Association’s website. The short video clips describe the steps for some key online member services, such as searching the membership directory.

Dental students apply for tripartite membership


More than 75 fourth-year students at the Indiana University School of Dentistry committed to membership in organized dentistry as part of the Indiana Dental Association’s annual “Signing Day.” The event provided an opportunity to sign up for membership in the IDA. 

IDA evaluates potential outcomes of healthcare reform


President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010. Two years have passed, and there is still much work to do to determine the practical implications of the 2,400-page law.

Opinion: How's Your Service?


Any business – a dental office, gas station, or  government agency – can have poor customer (patient) service if their employees receive inadequate training or have a poor attitude.  How many patients have we disappointed and, as a result, left our practice?

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