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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.  

A Note from IDA President, Dr. John Arend

Greetings IDA members:
The frigid weather has arrived and it is unfathomable that the year 2022 is in its final days. Thankfully, our practices are finally finding a bit of normalcy after the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following are some highlights from 2022.
IDA Legislative Report:
Through the efforts of our key contacts and the IDA lobbyists Sara Allen, David Adelman and Josh Carpenter, we continue to make inroads with legislators to increase Medicaid funding. Our Medicaid Committee toiled long and hard to eliminate barriers to Dental Wellness Plan (DWP) participation and therefore improve "access to care." We continue to “pound the rock” and soon it will break.
After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, IMOM 2022 at the State Fairgrounds in Des Moines was a tremendous success. We served 1,009 patients and provided 6,801 procedures totaling $1,018,709 in free dental care. A huge thank you to the steering committee, the IDA staff, sponsors, and the countless volunteers. Many state legislators also attended and observed IMOM. They were impressed with the magnitude of care and compassion shown by the dental community. This will serve us well during the 2023 legislative session.
Next year’s IMOM will be inWaterloo on October 13-14, 2023 at the Waterloo Convention Center at Sullivan Brothers Plaza. Please mark your calendars and consider volunteering your time. The success of IMOM is vastly dependent on the number of dental volunteers. By partaking in the event, you will serve many appreciative patients while reconnecting with your dental colleagues. Do not miss this opportunity- you will not be disappointed.
ADA House of Delegates:
In October I had the pleasure of joining six IDA members in serving as a delegate to the ADA House of Delegates in Houston, Texas. The House of Delegates approved the restructuring of the ADA decision making process to a “strategic forecasting model.” This model will make the ADA more agile and provide the opportunity to react quicker to the ever-changing events in this new era. This is a very positive change and we are excited to see it implemented.
Iowa Dental Board:
The IDA was actively involved with the revisions to the Dental Assisting and Expanded Function rules. The revisions should help to alleviate workforce issues and aid dental offices to tailor expanded functions to their practice needs.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the IDA staff and the Board of Trustees for their diligent efforts. I am so grateful to work with such fantastic people. I would also like to thank all of you for your membership and support. I hope you embraced the holidays as a special time of the year with your families and loved ones. May you and the IDA have a prosperous 2023.
Best wishes,
John Arend, DDS
IDA President

Published 12.27.22


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