Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. Texas organization questions gift cards for new DMO members
    Three dental maintenance organization service providers in Texas are using gift cards as incentives for new members, a move examined by the Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform.
  2. Boston venture capital firm invests in California dental software
    Santa Clarita, Calif.-based Yapi, a company that makes software for dental offices, has received an investment from a Boston venture capital firm.
  3. Dentists prescribing inappropriate medication combos to 10% of older patients, study finds
    One in 10 older dental patients were prescribed opioids when they were already taking a medication associated with increased harm risks when taken in combination with opioids, according to a study published in Pharmacotherapy.

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  1. TikTok users shaving their teeth with nail files 'doing irreparable damage,' dentists warn
    Dentists are warning against a TikTok trend in which users are shaving down their uneven teeth with nail files, according to Insider.
  2. Private dental claims dropped 79% in April 2020 compared to 2019
    Privately insured dental services fell 75 percent in March and 79 percent in April compared to the same months in 2019, according to a study by nonprofit FAIR Health.
  3. NY pediatric dentist pleads guilty to sexual assault of a minor
    Louis Surace, DDS, a former Lockport, N.Y. pediatric dentist, will face a prison sentence of up to five years after pleading guilty Sept. 15 to sexually assaulting a girl, according to The Buffalo News.
  4. Beyond 'table stakes': Aspen Dental CIO on the future of tech in dentistry
    Yogish Suvarna, chief information officer at Aspen Dental Management, an East Syracuse, N.Y.-based DSO with more than 800 practices across 41 states, recently shared his predictions for the future of health IT with Becker's.

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  1. ADA board recommends dues increase, staff cuts for 2021 budget
    The American Dental Association is facing challenges "unlike any other year," the ADA board of trustees said in August after voting on the 2021 budget proposal.
  2. North Carolina practice files for bankruptcy, closes amid pandemic
    A North Carolina dental practice with about 13,000 existing patients has filed for Chapter 7 liquidation amid the pandemic, according to The Business Journals.
  3. New bill calls for $25K tax credit for dentists buying PPE
    The American Dental Association established its support of a bill that would give a tax credit to dentists purchasing personal protective equipment to protect patients and staff against COVID-19 transmission.
  4. Hoverboard dentist sentenced to prison
    An Alaska dentist who extracted a patient's tooth while on a hoverboard received a 12-year prison sentence for dozens of charges, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

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  1. Medical-dental integration: It's time to treat the whole patient
    The Coronavirus pandemic has led to a renewed focus of how we can keep ourselves, our families, and of course, our patients as healthy as possible. To reduce the spread of this dreaded disease, we wear masks to cover our nose and mouth, knowing that this is the primary portal where the virus and other bacteria are spread. Yet, for too many other serious and life-threatening diseases, we ignore the obvious and well-documented mouth-body connection.
  2. 4 tips for dentists to handle employee COVID-19 testing
    The California Dental Association recently advised dentists on how to best handle procedures regarding employee COVID-19 testing and exposure.
  3. Delta Dental grants $272K+ to South Carolina oral health organizations
    Delta Dental of South Carolina donated $272,400 to organizations leading oral health initiatives in the state as part of its annual Mission Giving Program.
  4. School closures cutting access to dental care for poor students
    School closures amid the pandemic may have a disproportionate effect on the oral health of low-income children, reports The New York Times.
  5. The best of dental: 10 top stories of all time
    The most read Becker's Dental + DSO Review article of all time covers countries with the best overall dental health, while stories relating to the recent pandemic close out the list.
  6. Patient of Florida dentist vandalizes her family cars with racist slurs, police say
    A 33-year-old man has been charged with a hate crime for allegedly scrawling racist slurs on two vehicles belonging to his dentist's family in Florida, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal.
  7. Louisiana dentists rebuild practice after hurricane causes $1M+ in damage
    Daniel Weaver, DDS, and Stephanie Weaver, DDS, a married couple who own a dental practice in Lake Charles, La., have been "overwhelmed" by community support as they recover their practice from hurricane-induced damage, according to ADA News.
  8. Silver diamine fluoride instead of fillings: 5 things to know
    Silver diamine fluoride, a liquid that can be applied to teeth to treat tooth decay, is gaining popularity as an alternative to fillings, according to The Washington Post.
  9. Minnesota dentist dies at age 29 after hiking accident
    Daniel Allman, DDS, died after falling from a cliff in Minnesota over Labor Day weekend, according to his obituary in the Star Tribune.

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