Common Questions for Dental Providers

The Indiana Dental Association is your authority for oral health. We are eager to answer your questions and dental concerns. Please see a list of our most common questions below, along with answers from our staff.


Why should I become a member of the IDA?

There are many reasons for becoming a member of the IDA. The IDA offers Professional Development; Doing Good, and Community for dentists.


Professional Development

The IDA can develop dentists professionally through cutting-edge, nationally recognized continuing education events. Everyday, the ADA/IDA and local dental societies are creating solutions to the challenges facing you and your practice. The savings in time alone, your most valuable commodity, will offset your dues by giving you less office time and more chair time. The Association also continues the savings on products and services by group buying for dentists and dental practices to help you with things insurances down to gloves. Visit our Official Products and Services page.


Doing Good

The Indiana Dental Association provides an environment to “do good” in the public sector. At the statehouse, dentists come together to advocate for patient and practice legislation to ensure you have a practice environment for the best oral health. IDA members organize and coordinate various other public health outreach programs, including science fair projects for schools, Give Kids a Smile, Born to Smile, Alternative Spring Break Dental Mission Trips, and Drinks Destroy Teeth.  Membership provides you to contribute back to society as a professional.



William Smith in his 2008 research article, “Where the Winners Meet: Why Happier, More Successful People Gravitate Toward Associations,” outlined that job satisfaction, happiness and income were higher for professionals in association membership. It makes good sense. Dentists are a unique group of professionals that share similar education, lifestyle, work environment and challenges. The power of association is the ability of members to collaborate and cooperate to address the challenges and joys of being a dentist. The IDA provides events, social activities, the IDA Annual Session, and online forums to share solutions and celebrate all things dental.


Whom does the IDA serve?

The IDA serves Indiana’s licensed dentists and their patients. The mission of the IDA is to support dentists, to promote professionalism and to improve oral health.



What continuing education opportunities does the IDA provide?

Dentistry is a lifelong learning profession. Indiana Dentists are required by law to maintain and build upon their knowledge in the dental field by completing 20 hours of continuing education every licensure period. The Indiana Dental Association offers approximately 100 hours of continuing education to its members annually through its Academy of Continuing Education, Annual Session course work and various local society and study club meetings.


See the IDA online calendar for upcoming CE events or visit the Continuing Education page for additional continuing education information.


Don’t see your question listed above? Please visit our Contact page to get in touch with a member of the IDA staff.




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