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  1. ADA 'respectfully yet strongly disagrees' with WHO's recommendation to delay routine dental care during pandemic
    The American Dental Association on Aug. 12 issued its response to the World Health Organization's recent recommendation that patients delay routine dental visits until the pandemic is more under control.
  2. Dallas dentist with water park, movie theaters in home ordered to pay $16.5 million for Medicaid fraud scheme
    The state of Texas on Aug. 10 ordered Dallas dentist Richard Malouf, DDS, to pay roughly $16.5 million for violating the Texas Medicaid Fraud Prevention Act.
  3. WHO: Avoid routine dental visits until COVID-19 transmission is controlled
    The World Health Organization released interim guidance advising patients delay routine dental visits until the pandemic is more under control.

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  1. Pacific Dental Services launches national campaign urging states to keep dental offices open
    Dental professionals and leaders nationwide have joined a Pacific Dental Services campaign urging state officials to keep dental practices open.
  2. Top 50 best cities for dentists
    Cities in Vermont, Michigan and Georgia topped the list of the best cities for dentists created by AdvisorSmith.
  3. Not registering with DEA may be an option for dentists, says CDA
    The Drug Enforcement Administration's recent announcement that it will increase its prescriber registration fee has elicited some backlash from the dental community, but not all dentists need to register, according to the California Dental Association.
  4. New ADA interim policy: Dentistry is essential healthcare
    The American Dental Association Board of Trustees has adopted an interim policy stating dentistry is essential healthcare to help guide advocacy amid the pandemic.

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  1. Smile Brands to offer SmileDirectClub aligners in new partnership
    Nashville, Tenn.-based SmileDirectClub has partnered with Irvine, Calif.-based Smile Brands as part of its direct-to-office treatment model.
  2. Face masks could contribute to gum disease, NY dentist suggests
    Frequently wearing a face mask could lead to gum disease in individuals who maintained good oral health before the pandemic, a dentist told upstate New York radio station WYRK.
  3. 10 provisions the ADA is calling on dentists to demand from upcoming pandemic relief package
    The American Dental Association sent an email Aug. 6 to members enrolled in its Legislative Action Center, urging them to ask their legislators to back certain provisions in the next federal COVID-19 relief bill.
  4. Gum disease makes COVID-19 worse, California dentist says
    A California dentist said he believes gum disease patients with high levels of inflammation are more likely to suffer severe complications if infected with COVID-19, according to ABC's KGO-TV.

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  1. Connecticut dentist pays $149K to settle improper billing allegations
    A Connecticut dentist must pay $149,000 in a settlement related to claims he submitted to the state's Medicaid program for administering anesthesia to patients after his permit had expired, according to an Aug. 7 release from Connecticut Attorney General William Tong.
  2. 3 dentists making headlines
    Here's this week's roundup of dentists making headlines.
  3. ADA urges DEA to delay prescriber registration fee increase
    The American Dental Association sent a letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration Aug. 6 asking it to delay its prescriber registration fee schedule one year.
  4. CDA: 7 tips when creating policies for employees with children as schools close
    Below are tips to help establish family-friendly policies in dental practices as many schools move online, according to the California Dental Association.
  5. How to limit virus transmission between dental staff, per CDC
    Dental practices should encourage physical distancing as an important strategy to prevent virus transmission, according to updated CDC guidelines.
  6. CDC updates infection control guidelines for dental practices: 6 things to know
    The CDC made changes Aug. 4 to its interim infection control guidelines for dental settings.
  7. California dental employee with 45 felony charges arrested for not paying fraud restitution
    California dental employee Karla Morales was arrested for failure to pay back restitution from a fraud scheme she committed while working at Delano Family Dentistry.
  8. Cuomo bans NY dentists from charging COVID-19 fees
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued new guidance Aug. 5 that prohibits healthcare providers from charging patients in their insurance network for additional fees to cover the skyrocketing cost of personal protective equipment needed to ensure safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
  9. Pandemic will exacerbate dental health disparities, experts say
    Experts project a widening in oral health disparities amid the pandemic, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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