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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

Dental board issues position on Botox, dermal fillers


The Indiana State Board of Dentistry has released a position statement on the use of Botox and other dermal fillers. The new position, while not enforceable by any existing state rule or statute, addresses concerns among the dental community about dental uses of these chemicals.

IDA mourns loss of Past President Dr. Robert Stetzel


Dr. Robert Stetzel, 84, passed away March 22, 2012. Dr. Stetzel practiced dentistry in Fort Wayne for over 50 years, retiring in 2002. He was Past President of the Indiana Dental Association as well as the Isaac Knapp District Dental Society, and was integral to IDPAC efforts for many years.

Dr. Karen Yoder receives Maynard Hine Award


Karen M. Yoder, PhD, MSD, who serves as Director of Civic Engagement and Oral Health Policy at Indiana University School of Dentistry and is a member of the IDA Council on Dental Public Health, received a 2012 IUPUI Alumni Leadership Award in late February.

IDA legislation fares poorly in legislature


The IDA’s 2012 legislative agenda, embodied in what was named “The Fair Dental Care Act," faced significant opposition from the health insurance community, organized labor, business interests, the State, as well as the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce.

OPINION: Do dental chains need more regulation?


In Indiana dentists are required to have a license to practice dentistry. Dental corporations are not licensed. Essentially there is no oversight of dental corporations, how they manage the dental practice, or how they affect the dental care.

FAQ: Which dental services are tax-exempt?


Professional services, including dentistry services, are currently exempt from Indiana sales tax. The sales of dental prosthetic devices are also specifically exempted from sales tax.

IDA dentist faces primary contender for House seat


Dr. Denny Zent, an IDA member running to be the Indiana House District 51 Republican candidate, has some company in his bid. He will face Mr. Aaron Claudy, from Salem Center, Ind. Mr. Claudy, who lives in Kendallville, filed last-minute for the race.

Continuing education audits coming soon


It was a fairly smooth renewal process overall for the Indiana State Board of Dentistry, as well as the 3,990 dental and 4,828 dental hygiene relicensure submissions. Now comes the all-new part of the renewal process, license audits.

Member receives prestigious ‘Torchbearer’ award


The Indiana Commission for Women recently recognized Dr. Diane Buyer, an IDA member practicing in Nora, Ind., with its annual Torchbearer Award. Dr. Buyer currently serves as the chairman of the IDA’s Drinks Destroy Teeth campaign, as well as chairman of the Indiana Oral Health Coalition. 

IDA Foundation supports student exchange program


The IDA Foundation for Dental Health will continue a partnership with Moi University School of Dentistry for the fall 2012 academic year. Members will pledge $8,000 toward bringing Kenyan students from Moi University to the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

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