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  1. Florida Legislature passes bills to revise dental standards, license process
    The Florida Legislature sent 27 bills, including two impacting the dental industry, to Gov. Ron DeSantis for approval, according to a May 22 report by
  2. Orthodontist hourly pay vs. minimum wage in each state
    Orthodontists earn about $158.47 per hour in Michigan, the state with the highest average hourly wage for orthodontists, compared to the state's minimum wage of $10.33.
  3. How 1 Texas dental office is using saliva testing to advance oral systemic health
    Vaca and Kirby Dental in Longview, Texas, is using salivary diagnostic testing to enhance overall health in its patients, KLTV reported May 23.
  1. 4 oral surgery updates in 25 days
    Here are four updates on the oral surgery industry that Becker's has reported on since April 29:
  2. Florida retail center with an Aspen Dental sells for $59M
    Supermarket chain Publix purchased a shopping center in Coral Springs, Fla. that includes an Aspen Dental, for $58.5 million, according to a May 23 report by Commercial Observer.
  3. Oral Genome, Global Group launch saliva testing pilot
    Carlsbad, Calif.-based Oral Genome, a salivary diagnostics developer, is partnering with Global Group to combat oral health disparities worldwide. 
  4. ADA reaffirms support for fluoride after American Medical Association study
    The American Dental Association reaffirmed its support for fluoride after the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study examining the effects of fluoride exposure in pregnant women.

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  1. How voice-powered AI can boost dental practice efficiency
    Dental AI programs are becoming more common across the industry, providing increased efficiency for dentists, hygienists and assistants, as well as improving outcomes for patients. 
  2. California DSO acquires 1st orthodontic practice
    Cal Dental USA recently entered the orthodontic market with its first acquisition. 
  3. How 1 dental practice owner combats burnout
    Combating burnout among dental staff can have a positive impact on practices and patients, according to Taylor Sutton, DMD. 
  4. 5 DSOs earning $730M+ in funding
    Here are five DSOs that have secured more than $730 million funding since April 17:

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  1. Washington dentist's license suspended indefinitely for infection control violations
    The Washington Dental Quality Assurance Commission indefinitely suspended the license of Sandy Montano, DDS. 
  2. Oral diseases cause $710B in treatment costs, productivity loss annually: Report
    Oral diseases lead to a global economic burden of $710 billion each year in treatment costs and productivity losses, according to a report from the World Economic Forum.
  3. Align Technology makes leadership changes
    Align Technology appointed Emory Wright as executive vice president, direct fabrication manufacturing platform.
  4. 20 federal, state bills affecting dentistry
    Here are 20 legislative updates from the state and federal levels that could impact dental professionals and practice operations: 
  5. How 3 new DSOs plan to grow
    This year has seen the arrival of three new DSOs ready to stand out from competitors and expand their networks in the U.S.
  6. Oral surgeon pay up 8.4%
    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of several physician specialties that saw the largest increase in average annual compensation between 2022 and 2023, according to Doximity's 2024 Physician Compensation Report.
  7. Missouri dental practice closes abruptly
    A dental practice in Independence, Mo., suddenly closed, leaving patients searching for answers, according to a May 22 report by FOX 4.
  8. How oral surgeon pay compares to 20 highest-paying specialties
    Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the fifth highest-paying physician specialty in the U.S., according to Doximity's 2024 Physician Compensation Report.
  9. Georgia governor vetoes teledentistry bill, increases Medicaid dental funding
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently vetoed a teledentistry bill and enacted another bill to increase funding for adult dental services under Medicaid, Fox 5 Atlanta reported May 8. 

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