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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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Returning to Work After COVID-19

The most common COVID-19-related question IDA receives is when you can return to work after testing positive for COVID-19. The CDC Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 provides recommendations on this topic.
 
All those who test positive via a COVID-19 viral test should isolate themselves. When healthcare workers, including dentists and dental professionals, may return to work is dependent upon their symptoms or results from additional testing.
 
Criteria for symptom-based:
 
Asymptomatic throughout infection and not moderately to severely immunocompromised:
  • At least 10 days have passed since the date their first positive viral diagnostic test was taken.
  • At least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.
  • At least 10 days and up to 20 days have passed since onset of symptoms, AND
  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.
  • Consider consultation with infection control experts.
Criteria for test-based:
 
Asymptomatic: Negative results from at least two consecutive tests collected at least 24 hours apart. Please note these must be NAATs tests read by FDA-authorized laboratory-based. At-home antigen tests will not satisfy this criterion.
 
Symptomatic:
  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, AND
  • Improvement in symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), AND
  • Negative results from at least two consecutive tests collected at least 24 hours apart. Please note these must be NAATs tests read by FDA-authorized laboratory-based. At-home antigen tests will not satisfy this criterion.
Those using the test-based criteria should self-monitor for symptoms and seek guidance from their healthcare provider if symptoms recur or worsen.
 
Please contact the IDA staff if you have questions regarding this information

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