Mission and History

The Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) formed in Chicago in 1865. Today, ISDS enjoys a strong membership base of over 7,600 dentists, dental hygienists, dental lab technicians and dental students. The Society is comprised of eight trustee districts and 23 local component dental societies.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Illinois State Dental Society is to represent the members of the Society and the public we serve through communication, education and legislation.

 

ISDS: A Short History

The Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) formed in Chicago in 1865. Today, ISDS enjoys a strong membership base of over 7,600 dentists, dental hygienists, dental lab technicians and dental students. The Society is comprised of eight trustee districts and 23 local component dental societies.

The Board of Trustees, the executive body of the ISDS, is composed of the President, the President-Elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and 14 elected Trustees. The Speaker of the House serves as an ex-officio member. The ISDS Editor and the Executive Director are appointed officers of ISDS. The House of Delegates is the governing body of ISDS.

Eleven standing committees study issues related to several key areas of interest. The committees make recommendations to the Board of Trustees and the House of Delegates on specific issues relating to dentistry.

The Society's official publication is the Illinois Dental News. Other publications include the dh Focus for our dental hygiene members and the quarterly Communiquè for state and local dental leaders.


Milestones in Illinois Dental History

1865
The Illinois State Dental Society is formed. Delegates to the American Dental Association convention are elected and a committee is formed to draft bylaws for the newly formed Illinois State Dental Society. Dr. Adam Clark VanSant serves as the first president of the Illinois State Dental Society.
1869
Dr. Greene Vardiman Black “father of modern dentistry” presents a paper before the dental society on the use of gold foil.
1870
Dr. G. V. Black elected president of the Illinois State Dental Society.
1881
Passage of the first Dental Practice Act.
1883
First dental school in Illinois opens, the Chicago Dental Infirmary, which later merges with Loyola University in 1926.
1897
Dr. G. V. Black becomes dean of Northwestern University Dental School.
1905
A new Dental Practice Act is passed and, as a result, all Illinois dental schools establish a four-year professional course of study.
1931
Publication of the Illinois Dental Journal begins.
1938
Water fluoridation studies conducted in Galesburg and Quincy.
1951
Illinois State Dental Society passes a resolution endorsing fluoridation. The city of Assumption, Illinois becomes the first community to sponsor permanent use of fluoride in drinking water.
1961
The LICID (Legislative Interest Committee of Illinois Dentists) formed “to promote and further the interests of the public and the dental profession in matters of legislation and administrative regulations, to develop among the public and the dental profession an awareness of political issues which relate to public health and welfare, and to disseminate dental health information to the public.”
1967
Fluoridation of public water supplies becomes law for all of Illinois.
1967
The Illinois Dental Service is formed; later becomes Delta Dental Plan of Illinois.
1975
Legislation passes to allow for expansion of duties by dental assistants.
1978
A dental referral service is established to provide reduced-fee denture care to patients who meet established criteria. This program was expanded to include comprehensive care for senior citizens and expanded again in 1981 to accept all citizens meeting criteria, regardless of age.
1983
An access program using portable equipment was established for the homebound, elderly and citizens with physical or mental disabilities.
1986
ISDS sponsors first State Fair Smile Contest.
1990
The House of Delegates form of government for ISDS is established.
1995
Illinois Dental Journal becomes the Illinois Dental News.
1999
ISDS lobbying efforts secure passage of expanded duties for dental assistants and hygienists.
2000
ISDS elects its first woman president, Dr. Trucia A. Drummond, of Chicago.


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