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IMOM Local Informational Townhall Aug. 9

Bring your questions to an informative townhall about how to get involved with IMOM Local on Monday, August 9 at 6:30 PM!

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The Future of Dentistry Counts on You!

We need just six dentists a day to contribute $250 in July to help set us up for success and reach our goal of $100,000.

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Status of IDB COVID-19 Guidelines

The Governor's Proclamation regarding dental services has expired. What does that mean for dental offices in Iowa?

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Help Patients Treat Gum Disease at Home

Join IDA member Dr. Bruce Cochrane for a free CE webinar July 28 at 6:00 PM!

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Medicaid Provider FAQ Updated

The exclusive Medicaid Provider FAQ for members has been updated to address questions submitted to IDA by fellow dentists.

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Free Infection Control CE On-Demand

For the second year in a row, IDA is excited to offer a free infection control webinar for all - now available on-demand!

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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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Dentistry Largely Exempted from New OSHA COVID-19 Workplace Regulations

Yesterday, the ADA released the following press release regarding updated COVID-19 regulations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
 
The American Dental Association (ADA) is pleased dental practices are largely exempt from the new emergency temporary standard (ETS) for COVID-19 issued for healthcare settings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).   
 
“The strengthened infection control guidance and very low COVID-19 infection rate for dentists and dental hygienists prove that dental practices are safe workplaces,” states ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, DDS, MD. 
 
The new OSHA workplace ETS provides guidance to be implemented in healthcare settings where all employees may not be screened for COVID-19, and non-employees and patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are allowed to enter and may be treated. Dental offices most likely to be affected by this standard would include hospital-based oral surgery practices or those who provide care for COVID-19 patients.
 
According to the OSHA’s guidelines, every dental office must have a COVID-19 plan, regardless of practice setting. Dental practices must also conduct a workplace-specific hazard assessment for COVID-19. Based on OSHA’s Hazard Identification and Assessment, the ADA has already created a guide and checklist to walk dentists through this process at ADA.org/virus.
 
According to OSHA’s recommendations, dentists should continue pre-appointment patient screenings to identify individuals with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, rescheduling their appointments if possible or referring them, as necessary.
 
As the pandemic restrictions across the country are reviewed at the federal, state, and local government levels, the safety of patients, dentists, and dental team members will remain ADA’s utmost concern. The ADA notes that per the OSHA guidelines, employers are encouraged to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state, and local regulatory guidelines.

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