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IDEAS22 is coming to Des Moines April 28 - 30, 2022!

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IMOM Local Townhall & Tool Kit Online

Learn how to host a successful free clinic at your dental office as part of IMOM Local this year!

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Help Patients Treat Gum Disease at Home

Join IDA member Dr. Bruce Cochrane for a free CE webinar on-demand!

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The Future of Dentistry Counts on You!

Help IDPAC reach $100,000 as IDA focuses legislative efforts on increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates.

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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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Update on Infection Control Requirements for Iowa Dental Offices

Pursuant to Iowa Dental Board rule, dental healthcare professionals must adhere to the 2003 CDC Guidelines for Infection Control in Dental Health-Care Settings. Infection control requirements specific to dental offices are highlighted in yellow, and include Category IA, Category IB, and Category IC. Any items which are listed as Category II are recommended but not required.
 
The Board encourages dental healthcare professionals to follow the newly updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic, but does not have mandatory requirements specific to COVID-19, including patient facemasks. Dental offices should consult the CDC Interim Recommendations and utilize professional judgement to determine what precautions are needed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The updated Interim Recommendations are applicable to all healthcare settings, including dental offices. Dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) should refer to these recommendations, which include a section specific to dental settings, for infection control considerations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Guidelines for Dental Settings will no longer be updated; please use the Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic site instead. Updates to the interim recommendations include:
  • Clarified source control recommendations for healthcare professionals, patients, and visitors, to better align with community guidance including limited circumstances where fully vaccinated individuals could choose not to wear source control.
  • Updated quarantine recommendations for fully vaccinated patients with exposure to SARS-CoV-2 to be consistent with community guidance.

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