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  1. Illinois dentist placed on probation for billing irregularities, false records
    A dentist in Elgin, Ill., was placed on probation by the Illinois Board of Dentistry for billing, records and conduct violations.
  2. Tennessee dental practice reopens after tornado damages office
    Springfield, Tenn.-based Gentle Dental has reopened in a new office after a tornado damaged its previous office in December, Smokey Barns News reported July 2. 
  3. California dental school gets $4M grant to study AI ability to detect oral cancer
    Loma Linda (Calif.) University School of Dentistry received a $4 million grant to develop a biomarker using artificial intelligence to identify patients with the highest risk of developing oral cancer.

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  1. Car crashes into Georgia dental practice
    An SUV crashed into the office of Robert Gittelman, DDS, in Marietta, Ga., reported July 2.
  2. Oklahoma dentist to retire after 41 years of service
    An Oklahoma dentist plans to retire this month after 41 years of practicing dentistry.
  3. Colorado orthodontics practice opens 3rd location
    Taft Hill Orthodontics opened a practice location in Longmont, Colo.
  4. 7 PDS Health headlines in 2024
    Here are seven updates on Henderson, Nev.-based PDS Health, formerly known as Pacific Dental Services, that Becker's has reported on so far through the first half of 2024:

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  1. 6 dental practice closures in Q2
    Here are six dental practice closures Becker's covered during the second quarter of 2024: 
  2. Vista Verde CEO inducted into ADSO Hall of Leaders
    Dustin Netral, CEO of Carmel, Ind.-based Vista Verde Dental Partners, has been inducted into the Association of Dental Support Organizations Hall of Leaders.
  3. Virginia dental practices experiencing dental hygienist, educator shortages
    Dental practices in Virginia are facing scheduling backlogs due to a shortage of both dental hygienists and dental educators, according to a July 1 report by WAVY 10.
  4. United Dental Corp. adds private equity co-founder to board of directors
    Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based United Dental Corp. appointed Allan Weinstein to its board of directors.

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  1. How 1 MSO plans to bounce back after a slower first half
    Despite experiencing a less active first half of the year than planned, U.S. Oral Surgery Management has big plans to expand its network later this year, including entering new states and recruiting more surgeons.
  2. The influx shaking up the oral surgery field
    Oral surgery is seeing an increase in female providers entering the field, and one MSO is capitalizing on the trend. 
  3. Texas man charged with practicing dentistry without a license
    A Texas man was recently accused of practicing unlicensed dentistry, NBC affiliate reported July 1. 
  4. New Jersey center with Aspen Dental sells for $7.5M
    A two-tenant strip center which includes an Aspen Dental practice location, was sold for $7.5 million.
  5. DSOs gear up for brighter economic outlook
    The DSO field is preparing for a more active second half of the year as executives look to a potentially more optimistic economy, according to Henry Moomaw, CFO at Irving, Texas-based U.S. Oral Surgery Management.
  6. How dental hygienist pay compares to inflation
    The average annual salary for dental hygienists increased by 5.9% between 2023 and 2024, while inflation is currently down by 19.5%.
  7. Wisconsin dental clinic breaks ground on new clinic to double patient volume
    Madison, Wis.-based Affordable Dental Care recently broke ground on its new office that will help the nonprofit double its patient volume, Madison 365 reported July 1. 
  8. The risk more dentists are taking to improve clinical outcomes
    More dentists are shifting their perspectives and becoming more open to adopting artificial intelligence technology at their practices, according to VideaHealth CEO Florian Hillen. 
  9. 50+ dental leadership moves halfway through 2024
    Here are more than 50 dental leadership moves that Becker's has reported on so far in 2024:

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