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  1. Boston dental school lays off, furloughs 20% of staff
    Boston-based Tufts University School of Dental Medicine on Aug. 25 disclosed its plans to lay off or furlough nearly 20 percent of its employees, according to The Boston Globe.
  2. Florida dentist says it's 'okay to talk about being a Black, successful dentist'
    April Patterson, DDS, has reflected on the lack of representation she has witnessed as a Black woman in the dental industry and is using her position as a successful practice owner to empower other Black women in the field, according to The Story Exchange.
  3. Kentucky dentist pleads guilty to submitting $95K+ in fraudulent claims
    Denver Tackett, DMD, owner and operator of McDowell, Ky.-based Tackett Family Dentistry, has pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud, according to an Aug. 25 release from the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Kentucky.

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  1. Tennessee dentist released from prison early due to pandemic
    After spending nearly 10 months in prison, Richard "Nate" Schott, DDS, was released amid the pandemic to finish his sentence at home, according to The Daily News Journal.
  2. Cape Cod dentist files class-action suit against insurer for denying income loss coverage
    Paul Marshall, DMD, a Hyannis, Mass.-based cosmetic dentist, filed a federal class-action lawsuit against Safety Insurance Co., claiming it should have covered the income losses he incurred during his practice's mandated period of closure, according to Cape Cod Times.
  3. 8 ways dental practices can protect against cyber attacks
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to businesses during the pandemic's early stages, urging them to protect themselves against hackers looking to exploit vulnerable businesses via cyber attacks.
  4. 6 things dental school didn't teach, per Arizona dentist
    Below are six things dental school didn't teach you, according to Nashid Ahmed, DDS, who received her dental degree a year ago.

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  1. BCBS pays $1M to give Michigan dentists free PPE kits
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is donating emergency personal protective equipment kits to dentists across the state, according to NBC affiliate WPBN-TV.
  2. New Orleans dentist holds voter registration drive
    New Orleans dentist Bristol Williams, DDS, used her own money to hold a voter registration drive for her community on Aug. 22, according to local NBC affiliate WDSU.
  3. 7 ways new dentists can avoid burnout
    Dentistry can be stressful at times, resulting in some new dentists feeling exhausted and unsure of how to regain enthusiasm for their work.
  4. CDA: Expanding family leave legislation may harm small dental practices
    A proposal to expand the California Family Rights Act to employers with five or more employees could be "particularly devastating" to dental practices, according to the California Dental Association.

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  1. Minnesota dentist dies in plane crash
    A Minnesota dentist has been identified as the sole victim in an Aug. 20 plane crash, according to Fox's KMSP-TV.
  2. 7 dentists making headlines
    Here's this week's roundup of dentists making headlines.
  3. North American Dental Group dismisses WHO recommendation
    Pittsburgh-based dental service organization North American Dental Group released a response to the World Health Organization's recent recommendation that patients delay routine dental care until the pandemic is under control, saying it "strongly disagrees" with the guidance.
  4. 6 dental leadership moves of summer 2020
    Becker's has compiled six leadership moves occurring this summer.
  5. Virginia practice spends $600K for modern office design, renovations
    Richmond, Va.-based Northside Dental Co. opened in July after undergoing $600,000 worth of design and renovation, according to Richmond BizSense.
  6. 65% of patients plan to visit dentist before year ends, NADG survey finds
    Sixty percent of Americans surveyed said they were comfortable visiting a dentist and planned to schedule a routine checkup before the end of 2020, according to a survey commissioned by Pittsburgh-based North American Dental Group.
  7. Delta Dental donates $325K to Tennessee's 7 children hospitals
    In response to the pandemic, Delta Dental of Tennessee's charitable arm, the Smile180 Foundation, has donated more than $325,000 to the state's seven children's hospitals.
  8. 5 facts about the ADA's president-elect
    Arizona dentist Daniel Klemmedson, DDS, MD, will take over as the American Dental Association's new president Oct. 19, the next move in his long and impressive career in organized dentistry.
  9. Northern Arizona University's dental hygiene program granted $3.25M to promote diversity
    The dental hygiene program at Flagstaff-based Northern Arizona University received a $3.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health to help break down the barriers underrepresented students face when achieving their education.

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