Des Moines District Dental Society

The Des Moines District Dental Society includes the counties of Dallas, Guthrie, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Polk, Warren, southern Story County and the northwest corner of Adair County.

President                            Stephanie Turner, DDS, West Des Moines
President-Elect                   Sandra Fox, DDS, Indianola
Vice President                    Alison Christensen, West Des Moines
Secretary                            Lauren Patrick, DDS, Des Moines
Treasurer                            Samuel Christensen, DDS, Ankeny
IDA Trustee                         Kevin Baker, DDS, Des Moines

Bylaws Revision

The Des Moines District Dental Society bylaws are being updated to match the membership categories of the ADA and IDA, and the current business practices of the society. During the Fall 2023 district meeting the draft of the revised bylaws will be introduced, a vote on these bylaws will take place during the Fall 2024 district meeting. This is required by the current bylaws.

Thank you to Drs. Stephanie Turner and Kevin Baker ,and IDA Government Affairs Director Josh Carpenter for their work to bring the district bylaws up to date.

Revised Des Moines District Dental Society Bylaws-Draft

Current Des Moines District Dental Society Bylaws

District Meetings

Friday, September 22, 2023
Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona

Des Moines District Dental Society Fall Meeting 2023

Friday, September 22, 2023
Prairie Meadows, 1 Prairie Meadows Dr, Altoona

7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration 

8:00 - 9:30 AM Materials and Tech that Expedite Excellence with Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD  

Sponsored by Align

In this fast-moving market, advertising makes every product appear to be the panacea. However, some of the best products and services doesn’t enter the market with much fanfare. Dental professionals can become bogged down or confused when trying to decipher which new materials and technologies are right for their practices. 

As editorial director with Dental Economics magazine, Dr. Joshua Austin authors the column Pearls for Your Practice and has personally worked with most new products and technologies that have entered the market. In this interactive, fast-moving course, Dr. Austin shares the current trends in dental materials and technologies. Learn how materials have changed over the past few years and how those changes can affect your procedures and practice. 

During this full-day (6 CEs) program, Dr. Austin will:

Illuminate growing trends and discover the best new products and innovations on the market.
Explore the impact new products/technologies have on the practice’s bottom line.
Outline the advantages, tools, and use of modern intraoral scanners and their impact on the practice from hygiene to clear aligner therapy to complex restorative treatment.
Analyze how bulk fill posterior composites compare to their traditional counterparts.
Discuss time saving placement techniques for bulk fill posterior composites.
Review universal adhesives and their advantages.
Explore the three etching techniques and learn when each is appropriate.
Review current cements and identify which classes are superior.
Discuss when luting is an appropriate choice instead of bonding.
Explore many other products and items that can make your life easier and your dentistry faster.
9:30 - 9:45 AM Break to visit vendors 

9:45 - 11:45 AM Education session continues

Noon - 1:00 PM Lunch break and Des Moines District Dental Society Business Meeting (open to all district member dentists)  

1:15 - 3:45 PM Education session continues 

Speaker bio:

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD, incorporates has trademark comedic style in his lectures across the country on topics such as mental wellness, new products/materials review, and online reputation management.

As editorial director and columnist for Dental Economics focusing on dental products and technology (Pearls for Your Practice), he offers a fresh approach in today’s commercial driven dental journalism. When you read a ‘Pearl’, you are getting an honest evaluation of product which was used by Dr. Austin in clinical practice on a patient.

A graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School, Dr. Austin served five years post-graduation as faculty in the Department of Restorative Dentistry. Today he maintains a full-time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas.