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  1. The role of mentorship in the new doctor journey
    As a newly minted dentist, transitioning from being in school to working at a practice can be intimidating. In addition to the clinical challenges of caring for patients with a variety of dental needs, you’re also navigating the ins and outs of a real office. You may have had leadership experiences in dental school, but those don’t necessarily translate to a busy office.
  2. 6 dentists opening new practices
    Here are six dentists who have opened or started plans to open offices across the U.S. since March: 
  3. DSO activity ramps up in the South: 8 moves in 25 days
    Here are seven DSOs and dental groups that have expanded their networks through practice additions, affiliations, acquisitions and partnerships in the South, as reported by Becker's since June 24:

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  1. 6 updates on dentistry in California over 1 month
    From a data breach to a lawsuit appeal, here are six updates on the California dental industry that Becker's has reported on since June 12:
  2. The average practice expense per dentist passed $500K in 2023
    The average practice expense per dentist for owner dentists in private practice was more than $530,000 in 2023, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 
  3. The PE firms behind 15 DSOs
    Private equity firms have a significant impact on the DSO industry. 
  4. Why dental practices are closing in 2024
    Becker's has reported on more than a dozen practice closures so far in 2024, several of which have been the result of financial constraints facing owners. 

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  1. Why 1 Minnesota dentist continues to practice after retirement
    Richard Dresser, DDS, has continued to help improve patients' dental health despite retiring last year, the Owatonna People's Press reported July 17.
  2. New Jersey oral surgery practice hit with data breach
    New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery was recently hit with a data breach involving patient information.
  3. Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing $35K from dental office
    An employee was accused of stealing nearly $35,000 from a dental office in Gettysburg, Pa., CBS affiliate WHP reported July 18. 
  4. Good news for DSOs
    Several trends and events that have taken place recently could have a positive effect on the DSO field this year.  

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  1. What's on deck for M&A in the dental industry
    Mergers and acquisitions were a huge part of the dental and DSO space in 2023, but changing economic conditions have raised uncertainty in the industry. 
  2. Truck crashes into Alabama dental practice
    A truck crashed into a dental practice in Albertville, Ala., causing damages to the building, according to a July 17 report by Sand Mountain Reporter.
  3. Laurel Health to take over dental practice following dentist's retirement
    Mansfield, Pa.-based Laurel Health Centers is set to take over a dental practice in Pennsylvania after David Redding, DDS, retires from practicing, according to a July 17 report by The Daily Review.
  4. Dental Care Alliance becomes first large-scale DSO to add guided biofilm therapy
    Sarasota, Fla.-based Dental Care Alliance is the first large-scale DSO to launch guided biofilm therapy to its network. 
  5. 7 federal government, policy updates for dentists to know
    Here are seven federal updates dental leaders should know:
  6. Virginia dental office burglarized
    The Fairfax County Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place at a dental office in Annandale, Va.
  7. 4 dental leadership moves
    Two DSOs that added new leaders and two other dental leadership moves that have taken place since July 2:
  8. 14 dentists making headlines
    Two dentists disciplined by state dental boards and 12 other dentists who have made headlines since July 3:
  9. Heartland Dental adds Florida practice
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental recently added a Florida dental practice to its network. 

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