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  1. 83% of dentists support medical loss ratios for dental insurers
    Eighty-three percent of dentists indicated they support requiring dental plans in their state to spend a percentage of premiums they collect on dental care for subscribers, according to a poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  2. Oral health groups urge stronger dental benefits under state Medicaid programs
    The Oral Health Response Workgroup called on Congress to ensure all states offer extensive adult dental benefits under Medicaid. 
  3. 5 recent orthodontic DSO moves
    Here are five updates from orthodontic-focused DSOs and DPOs that Becker's has reported on since Nov. 8:

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  1. Overjet, University of Florida to develop dental AI education program
    Overjet and Gainesville-based University of Florida College of Dentistry have teamed up to develop a dental artificial intelligence education program.
  2. Colgate, NASA partner on oral, skin hygiene in space
    Colgate-Palmolive is partnering with NASA to conduct research on oral and skin health in space, Fast Company reported Dec. 7. 
  3. Sonrava Health promotes chief growth and partnership officer
    Sonrava Health recently promoted Vikram Sarma to the role of chief growth and partnership officer.
  4. Dr. Bill Dorfman joins Gen4 Dental Partners
    Tempe, Ariz-based Gen4 Dental Partners is partnering with Bill Dorfman, DDS.

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  1. How teledentistry, artificial intelligence grew in the dental industry in 2022
    Artificial intelligence and teledentistry services expanded throughout the dental industry through new technology, company partnerships and innovative initiatives. 
  2. Nearly half of Americans are delaying oral healthcare due to inflation: 5 things to know
    Inflation is not only affecting Americans' wallets, but their oral health as well.
  3. MB2 Dental exec wants leaders to embrace vulnerability as 'a strength, not a weakness'
    Susan Huff, chief integration officer of MB2 Dental, connected with Becker's Dec. 6 to reflect on the most valuable skill every leader should have, her favorite accomplishment of 2022 and more.
  4. Sacramento Kings, Delta Dental of California team up to promote oral health
    The Sacramento Kings have formed a multiyear partnership with Delta Dental of California to promote oral health throughout the region.

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  1. Sonendo reaches 1M treatments with tooth decay cleaning system
    Dental technology company Sonendo has treated more than 1 million patients with its GentleWave system, an alternative to traditional root canal therapy.
  2. Flu hospitalizations hit 10-year high, RSV cases settle: 4 infection control updates for dentists
    Here are four infection control updates for dentists to know:
  3. Straine Dental Management adds Pearl's AI technology
    Sacramento, Calif.-based Straine Dental Management will add Pearl's artificial technology across its network.
  4. Former ADA trustee dies at 94
    Richard Schoessler, DDS, a former ADA trustee and past president of the International College of Dentists, died Nov. 4 at 94. 
  5. Washington, DC, attorney general sues SmileDirectClub over customer NDA requirements
    Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against teledentistry company SmileDirectClub for allegedly misleading customers and suppressing negative information about its products with restrictive nondisclosure agreements. 
  6. Dental insurance mix-up costs woman $11K: 5 things to know
    A filing mix-up between a Chicago woman's dental practice and her insurance company cost her $11,000, CBS Chicago reported Dec. 5. 
  7. 32 dental tech innovations in 2022
    Here are 32 dental tech innovations Becker's has reported on since Aug. 2:
  8. UCSF Health merges oral, medical records through Epic
    San Francisco-based UCSF Health and UCSF Dentistry have integrated patients' oral health and medical records into Epic's electronic health record system.
  9. USOSM lands $125M credit expansion
    U.S. Oral Surgery Management has completed a funding round resulting in a $125 million credit expansion.

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