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  1. Dentists mixed on economic recovery of dental industry, US economy
    Dentist confidence is mixed on the economic recovery of the dental industry, their dental practices and the U.S. economy, according to an August poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.  
  2. Hygienists remain most challenging role to recruit at dental practices
    Hygienists remained the most challenging role for dentists to recruit in August, according to a poll from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 
  3. North Carolina dental board adjusts anesthesia rules after patient deaths
    The North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners recently made changes to how anesthesia is administered to dental patients after several patient deaths, WWAY reported Sept. 12.

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  1. USOSM adds VP of business development
    Irving, Texas-based U.S. Oral Surgery Management recently hired Robert Manning as its vice president of business development. 
  2. Clear aligner company adds chief development officer, chief dental officer
    Clear aligner company Candid recently hired Lou Shuman, DMD, as executive consultant and chief development officer and Brian Gray, DDS, as chief dental officer. 
  3. The benefits, drawbacks of private equity in dentistry, per 1 dentist
    There are several possible advantages and disadvantages a dentist must consider before deciding to sell a practice to a private equity firm, according to Franklin Woo, DDS. 
  4. 4 dental leadership moves
    A Florida DSO that added two executives and three other dental leadership moves since Aug. 30:  

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  1. 16 dentists making headlines
    Twelve dentists who discussed how private equity effects dentistry and four others who made headlines last week:
  2. Smile Brands 5-year recap: 15 big moves
    Irvine, Calif.-based Smile Brands is one of the largest DSOs in the U.S. with nearly 700 affiliated practices in 30 states. 
  3. Dental appointment schedules remain steady, but patient cancellations still a top barrier
    Dental office appointment schedules were 86.2 percent full in August, continuing a pattern of steadiness since practice schedules began increasing in February, according to an August poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.  
  4. Payer reimbursements stagnant for nearly 60% of dentists despite rising costs
    Insurance reimbursement rates have remained stagnant for dentists this year despite rising operating costs, according to an August poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 

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  1. Imagen Dental Partners expands in Florida, California
    Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Imagen Dental Partners recently added practices in Florida and California to its network. 
  2. Dental groups developing legislation to increase licensure portability: 6 notes
    Several dental organizations have partnered to create legislation pushing for increased licensure portability for dentists and dental hygienists.
  3. 6 operating costs increasing at dental practices
    Supplies, staff wages and rent are a few expenses with a higher price tag this year for dental practices, according to an August poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 
  4. 5 DSOs landing multi-office practice deals
    Here are five DSOs that have made multi-office practice deals since July:
  5. Texas dental school plans new clinic with $2M federal grant
    The UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry received a $2 million federal grant to launch a special care dental clinic. 
  6. Guardian Dentistry Partners on track to 140+ practices in 2022: Q&A with Dr. Hisham Barakat
    Guardian Dentistry Partners has made several moves this year to expand its network, including entering three new states this year.
  7. Is private equity hurting or benefiting dentistry? 10 dentists weigh in
    Although private equity has the ability to encourage growth and innovation in the dental industry, many dentists still believe there could be disadvantages to the field. 
  8. 10 DSO and dental leaders to know
    The dental industry is a fascinating space with regional and national dental service organizations growing rapidly.
  9. 5 concerns with private equity in dentistry, per 1 dentist
    While private equity has the potential to uplift dental practices and drive growth, there are several ways it can hurt the profession, according to one dentist owner. 

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