The accomplishments listed below are testimony to the perseverance and dedication
of our incredible professional staff, members and volunteers. Listing accomplishments
is important to change the perception about IDA. As we go forward, we need to tell
our accomplishments so that IDA’s value will be better appreciated and enhanced.
So, here is a list of some of the many accomplishments, past and present.
IDA has made significant improvements to public's oral health with the following
Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII)
Child Dental Foundation (CDC)
Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF)
Emergency Dental Centre (EDC)
National Oral Cancer Registry (NOCR)
Healing Smiles Foundation (HSF)
IDA Community Centre.
National Oral Health Programme (NOHP)
The association strives to remove the glaring oral health disparities from the various
segments of the population and the constraints in accessing oral care by the people.
Unique identification cards were devised to assess needs, monitor outcomes and improving
access, as under:
Child Oral Health Card
Family Oral Health Card
National Oral Health Card
Platinum Oral Health Card
Special Privileges Oral Health Card
Muskaan Oral Health Card.
IDA Certified Centres
The association has been successful in adding value to dental clinic by specialised
training to deliver effective and prompt oral care service. Thus there are:
Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII) Centres
Child Dental Centres (CDC)
Spot and Prevent Oral cancer Trauma (SPOT) Centres
Emergency Dental Centres (EDC)
National Oral Cancer Registry (NOCR) Centres
Healing Smiles Centres.
Another step that IDA has taken to assure the public about excellent service and
high quality of dental care is by certifying clinics as IDA Approved Clinic which
has been done in collaboration with National Board for Accreditation of Hospitals
& Healthcare Providers (NABH).
IDA has been successful in promoting professional advancement of member dentist
and kept them abreast of global changes. This has been brought forth by the following:-
Dental Practice Accreditation to improve delivered oral care
Educational Collaboration with University of California, San Francisco.
Indian Dental Research Foundation
IDA has successfully supported research in dentistry for the purpose of improving
the oral health of the public. For this IDA has done the following:
Developed necessary research infrastructure
Conduct oral cancer research
Promote compilation and assimilation of research information
Established Research Partnerships with private agencies.
IDA Survey Centre
The association has been successful in setting up a Survey Centre to collect information
about oral health status, access and attitudes of public. The survey results will
be used to guide programme planning to address identified needs.
Commitment towards members
IDA has been successful in its commitment for members at every stage of their career,
from dental school, through to retirement.
IDA provides a plethora of valuable resources to meet the educational, networking,
clinical, professional and practice management issues, as well as leadership development
programmes just for members.
The association has set up Member Health Centre to safeguard them from occupational
IDA has set up Students’ Forum for networking, sharing knowledge, interacting
with teachers, other students for overall development.
All India Postgraduate Dental Students’ Convention was planned as a part of Continuing
The association is successfully printing a range of publications catering to different
sections of the dental fraternity like:
Product Profile -- provides technological updates on products and materials
Student Digest -- caters to the dental students
IDA Smiles -- highlights oral systemic disease
JADA -- Indian Edition of Journal of American Dental Association (JADA).
An exhaustive website conceived, redesigned, expanded and developed to cover a remarkable
range of oral health topics. The association website incorporates a number of stand-alone
websites. These include the following:
Indian Dental Association
Oral Cancer Foundation
Tobacco Intervention Initiative
Healing Smiles Foundation
World Dental Show
Delhi Dental Show
Child Dental Centre
Emergency Dental Centre
Indian Dental Research Foundation
National Oral Health Programme
IDA Employment Bureau
Continuing Dental Educational Programme
Indian Dental Conference
The association has set-up a charitable Foundation committed to improving the oral
health and support outreach to all communities in need. It is a catalyst for uniting
people and organizations for philanthropic work for better oral health.
Another success milestone is the Online Employment Bureau facilitating easy
access to job opportunities for dentists, including careers in IDA.
IDA organizes activities for professionals, students and public to provide opportunities
for networking, knowledge exchange and learning latest professional techniques.
Our online event planner helps a professional in advance to know about our events.
Some of IDA’s events are listed below:
World Dental Shows
International Symposium on Oral Cancer, Tobacco Cessation and Dental Caries
All-India Wellness Initiative
Workshop on Oral Healthcare - Strategic Planning
Workshop on Dental Personnel Resource Development jointly with Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare.
IDA Resource Centre
The association has established the Resource Centre to help members avail resources
for their clinical needs. These can be:
Dental manufacturers, dental suppliers, dental and oral health products
Patient education leaflets
Future Directions - 2011-14
The mission of Indian Dental Association (IDA) is to lead individuals and institutions
of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education,
research, and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health
of the public.
Strategic directions and key priorities
Strategic Direction 1: Leadership
Provide leadership for the future of dental education and serve as the authority
on the education of the dental, allied dental and advanced dental workforce.
Strengthen the connection between academic dental institutions to elevate the profile
and integration of dental education, encourage interprofessional education and highlight
the critical role of oral health in improving the overall health of the public.
Identify, evaluate and share models for the cost effective delivery of dental education
to ensure the sustainability of academic dental institutions.
Provide guidance, data and analysis on the education of oral health professionals
to institutions, organizations and policymakers that are designing workforce models
to ensure that new members of the dental team possess the values, attitudes, knowledge
and skills needed to provide quality oral health care to all.
Provide leadership development programmes and opportunities targeted at emerging
leaders among the students, residents and fellows, to prepare this cadre of academic
leaders for their new roles.
IDA also provides opportunities like
World Dental Show 2013
World Congress on Oral Cancer (FDI, WHO)
Organizing International Events
These are considered to be the most important opportunities to discover the latest
thinking and gain practical, hands-on experience whilst at the same time researching,
comparing and purchasing new, innovative products and services.
Strategic Direction 2: Teaching and Learning
Provide dental, allied dental, and advanced dental educators with the information,
knowledge, and tools they need to prepare students, residents, and fellows for an
Provide professional development resources targeted to the needs of new dental educators
to enhance the pedagogical skills and competencies.
Encourage and support academic dental institutions in integrating models of interprofessional
education as a foundation for preparing students, residents and fellows to provide
Provide access to high quality curricular tools, templates and guidance to support
effective teaching and learning in the classroom, the clinic or wherever learning
Promote the scholarship of teaching and learning as an integral part of institutional
Strategic Direction 3: Research
Promote the importance of research as the foundation of dental education, and of
the science and practice of dentistry.
Encourage the integration of research into the mission of all academic dental institutions
and provide opportunities for the discussion of research policy issues across the
dental education community.
Promote opportunities for research collaborations that bring the differing strengths
of each academic dental institution to the process of scientific discovery.
Advocate for increased funding for dental and craniofacial research and research
training and enhance the competitiveness of academic dental institutions.
Produce relevant and timely research on key issues in dental education to support
informed decision making by the dental education community and policy makers.
Strategic Direction 4: Service
Guide the preparation of the dental, allied dental, and advanced dental workforce
needed to meet the evolving oral health needs of a diverse society.
Support the recruitment, inclusion and success of individuals from minorities and
low-income backgrounds in entering the dental, allied dental, advanced dental, and
academic dental careers to develop the diverse workforce needed for the future of
Identify, develop, and promote educational pathways that prepare the students for
academic, research, practice, industry, and public service careers.
Identify, develop, and promote mechanisms to address the access to care challenge
to improve the health of the citizens.
Provide access to IDA’s CDEs and webinars to the dental community in order to strengthen
the quality of dental education.