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  1. West Coast vs. East Coast: Which region pays dental hygienists more?
    Dental hygienists can earn an average of $123,510 in Washington, the highest-paying state for hygienists on the West Coast, compared to $101,140 in Maryland, the highest-paying state on the East Coast.
  2. 'I was expecting everybody to come back after Covid': Why staffing shortages have dentists scratching their heads
    The ongoing workforce challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic could continue affecting dentistry for at least a few more years as practice owners and industry executives find the best ways to retain staff.
  3. Median income for specialty dentists reached $290K in 2023
    The median net income for specialty dentists in private practice was $291,500 in 2023, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

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  1. Inside Sage Dental's Southeastern expansion blueprint
    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sage Dental has started to widen its reach, recently announcing plans to open its first practices in Tennessee, driven by a regional expansion strategy.
  2. Specialized Dental Partners expands in South Carolina
    Irving, Texas-based Specialized Dental Partners recently added a South Carolina endodontics practice to its network. 
  3. The growing threat dentists may not be prepared for
    General dentists may not be prepared for a cybersecurity incident as the possibility of these attacks grows, according to Huzefa Kapadia, DDS.
  4. Tooth regrowth drug to undergo 1st human trial
    Researchers developing a tooth regeneration drug are set to conduct the first human trial for the drug, according to a June 23 report by Fox 5.

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  1. Texas dental practice closes abruptly
    A dental practice in San Antonio closed suddenly, leaving patients unsure of its future, according to a June 21 report by Fox SA.
  2. How dentist compensation compares to inflation
    The average annual salary for dentists increased by 11.3% between 2023 and 2024, while inflation is currently down by 19.5%.
  3. Florida dental practice adds dental implant robot
    Miami-based Gables Sedation & Family Dentistry recently started using the Yomi dental implant robot.
  4. 4 state bills affecting dentistry
    Here are four state bills affecting clear aligners, dental insurance practices, staffing and more:

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  1. Truck crashes into North Carolina dental office
    A truck recently crashed into the side of Hometown Family Dental in Vass, N.C., Sandhills Sentinel reported June 20.
  2. Arizona woman charged with practicing unlicensed dentistry out of her home
    An Arizona woman was recently charged with practicing unlicensed dentistry, ABC 15 Arizona reported June 20.
  3. New oral health report highlights 'knowledge gap' among US adults: 6 insights
    Fifty percent of adults in the U.S. are not aware of the link between poor oral health and heart disease, according to Proclaim's new "Oral Health Insights Report."
  4. Minnesota specialty dental practice to open 5th location
    Camp Smile Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is set to open its fourth location in Minnesota.
  5. South Dakota college to launch new dental hygiene program
    Watertown, S.D.-based Lake Area Technical College is creating an associate of applied sciences program in dental hygiene.
  6. Illinois passes bill requiring dentist visit prior to using DIY aligners
    The Illinois House of Representatives and Senate passed a bill that would require individuals to visit a dentist within a year of using direct-to-consumer clear aligners, according to a June 18 report by WGEM.
  7. Pearl launches AI-powered dental insurance verification tool
    Dental artificial intelligence company Pearl recently launched an insurance eligibility and benefits verification tool. 
  8. Biolase delisted from Nasdaq: 3 notes
    Dental laser company Biolase was recently delisted from Nasdaq for failure to meet certain requirements, effective June 20.
  9. Qualitas Dental Partners adds 3 Rhode Island practices
    Sharon, Mass.-based Qualitas Dental Partners recently added three dental practices to its network. 

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