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  1. Dentists reporting their practice 'open as usual' continues slight decline
    The number of dentists reporting that their practice was open and operating as usual has been gradually declining over the last few months, according to poll findings from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  2. Maryland dentist tapped to lead state dental association
    Stephen Dargan, DDS, has been named president of the Maryland State Dental Association, according to Southern Maryland News.
  3. Massachusetts dental office manager pleads guilty to Medicare fraud scheme
    Robin Cronin of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty Sept. 21 to participating in a scheme to defraud the state's Medicaid program, MassHealth.

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  1. Few dentists 'very confident' in industry's recovery — 7 things to know
    Only about a third of dentists of all specialties are "very confident" in the recovery of the dental care sector, according to poll findings from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  2. Dental implant that resists bacteria a finalist in accelerator competition
    Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Dental Medicine and Temple University in Philadelphia are developing a long-lasting dental implant that resists bacteria and generates electricity through chewing and brushing, the school said Sept. 9.
  3. CareQuest creates guides to boost medical-dental integration
    The CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has created implementation guides for the exchange of primary and oral healthcare information, the company said Sept. 16.
  4. Federal dental health agency accepting applications for 3-year research fellowship
    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has launched a three-year fellowship focused on dental public health, the agency said Sept. 20.

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  1. Texas dentist pleads guilty to pornography production, will lose house: 5 things to know
    On Sept. 20, a judge accepted a production of child pornography plea deal from Jason White, DDS, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas cited by KLBK-TV.
  2. Only 62% of pediatric dentists report being paid fully last week: 7 things to know
    Of all dentists, pediatric dentists were the least likely to report being paid in full for the week of Sept. 13, according to poll findings from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  3. 'Excellent wages, flexible scheduling, work-life balance': 5 things a Florida dentist is doing to recruit staff
    Delray Beach, Fla.-based Spodak Dental Group is hiring entry-level employees at $15 per hour — above the state's current minimum wage — among other things to attract new staff members, according to a Sept. 20 news release.
  4. 6 dentists making headlines
    From the co-founder of an alternative dental coverage company to the victim of a fatal car crash, here are five dentists who made headlines last week:
  1. Michigan community college opens dental clinic, adds new programs
    Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., opened a 12,000-square-foot dental clinic housing new dental programs Sept. 17 to meet workforce and clinical demand, the Macomb Daily reported Sept. 19.
  2. Wisconsin faces dental hygienist shortage: 4 things to know
    Wisconsin is one of many states in the U.S. facing a shortage of dental hygienists brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, TMJ4, an NBC affiliate, reported Sept. 20.
  3. 42 North Dental adds chief development officer
    Waltham, Mass.-based DSO 42 North Dental has appointed Sharon Korzan as chief development officer, the organization said Sept. 20.
  4. California bill would let dentists give COVID-19 vaccinations, rapid tests
    California Gov. Newsom is expected to sign a bill that would allow dentists in the state to administer influenza and COVID-19 vaccines and obtain licenses to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests, the California Dental Association said Sept. 17.
  5. Dentists offering alternative membership plans for uninsured patients
    Dentists have begun offering membership plans to help uninsured patients receive care, Kaiser Health News reported Sept. 17.
  6. Align, Ultradent unveil 1st whitening system made for Invisalign aligners
    Tempe, Ariz.-based Align Technology has announced an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with South Jordan, Utah-based Ultradent Products. Together, the two companies are introducing the first professional whitening system made for Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers.
  7. What Delta Dental report says about Americans' oral health during pandemic
    Delta Dental recently released its "2020 State of America's Oral Health Report" detailing oral health care trends in the U.S. during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  8. CareQuest, Swiss company seek to bring drill-free dental options to Medicaid patients
    Boston-based CareQuest Innovation Partners is partnering with Switzerland-based vVARDIS to bring drill-free dental technology to Medicaid patients, the company said Sept. 15.
  9. 76.5 million Americans are without dental insurance: CareQuest
    A September report from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health shows that about 76.5 million adults in the U.S. do not have dental insurance, while Medicare beneficiaries have the largest unmet need for dental coverage.

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