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Secure access to timely communications, exclusive content, and the largest network of your peers in Iowa by renewing your dues now.

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Classified listings are available for dentists and dental staff seeking employment opportunities, practices for sale, or hiring staff.

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All dental (D3), dental hygiene, dental assistant, and dental lab technician students are encouraged to apply by March 31.

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Welcome to the Iowa Dental Association

The Iowa Dental Association (IDA) is the premier professional association representing dentists in the state of Iowa. In existence since 1863, the IDA is home to over 1,800 Iowa dentists, which represents approximately 80% of the licensed dentists in the state.  

All IDA member dentists are not only members of the IDA, but also the American Dental Association (ADA) and their local district society.

IDA’s mission is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry, and to represent the interests of the members of the dental profession and the public which it serves.  

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Iowa Dentists Emphasize Importance of Routine Dental Care

Dr-Paula-KralIowa dentists made the headlines recently emphasizing the necessity of routine dental care and the importance of oral health on overall health. KCRG reports that a survey of Iowans found that 56 percent admitted putting off dental care during the pandemic. Dr. Paula Kral spoke with KCRG about the risk associated with missing routine appointments or delaying dental care:
 
"Cavities have to get very, very large before they hurt," she said. "You may have a cavity. You could have gum disease, all of those things. Those things don’t stop just because you’re afraid to go to the dentist ... Waiting, especially if you've got a problem, you could wind up needing more extensive treatment than if you just go ahead and go."

bailey obrienDrs. Steven Bradley and Bailey O'Brien of Cascade Dental Center shared a similar message in the Cascade Pioneer.
 
"Your oral health affects the rest of your body," Dr. O'Brien said. "But the reverse is also true. Your systemic health affects your oral health. All of those New Year’s resolutions about taking care of your body, getting more exercise, drinking water, are going to be good for your body and your oral health as well."
 
Both articles highlighted the safety of dental offices during the pandemic, including increased infection control procedures, to help patients feel comfortable returning to the dentist.

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