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  1. 3 dental companies receiving FDA approval so far in 2024
    Here are three dental devices and technologies that have earned FDA approval through the first half of 2024, as reported by Becker's. 
  2. Median net income of orthodontists jumped 16% in 2023
    The median annual net income of orthodontists and dentofacial orthopedists in private practice was $286,670 in 2023, an increase of more than $39,000 compared to 2022, according to data from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.
  3. Lower-income families spend 7 times more on dental care: Report
    Lower-income families paid 7.4 times more in out-of-pocket costs for dental care compared to higher-income families between 2007 and 2021, according to a new report from the Carequest Institute for Oral Health. 

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  1. The process behind Sage Dental's 'opportunistic' acquisition strategy
    There are a multitude of factors that go into a DSO's decision to add a new practice, whether it be an existing practice acquisition or the opening of a new de novo location.
  2. Heartland Dental enters Utah and PDS Health adds 1,000th office: 6 DSO milestones to know
    Several DSOs have recently reached notable practice milestones and entered new states.
  3. Maryland dentist retires after 48 years of service
    Dave Leatherwood, DDS, is retiring after 48 years in the dental industry, reported June 26.
  4. Dental clinic operator sentenced for role in $6M fraud scheme
    The operator of a dental clinic in Houston was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for orchestrating a $6 million Medicaid fraud and kickback scheme.

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  1. Gen Z in dentistry – Tips for success in a changing workplace
    There are a few best practices dental practice owners should employ to best support the newest generation of dental professionals, according to Barry Lyon, DDS. 
  2. The top ways dental schools will benefit from AI
    Dental AI companies and developers have become more prominent in the industry in the past months, changing the way that dental practices can operate.
  3. PDS Health opens its 1,000th supported practice
    Henderson, Nev.-based PDS Health reached the 1,000-practice milestone by opening a practice in Charleston, S.C.
  4. Dental tech company launches new dental implant
    BioHorizons, a dental implant company, released Tapered Pro Conical, its first dental implant with a deep conical connection.

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  1. Dental RCM company receives $9M investment
    Los Angeles-based Zuub, a dental revenue cycle management automation company, secured $9 million in a series A round of fundraising.
  2. Pearl partners with cloud-based dental tech company
    Dental AI company Pearl entered into a partnership with tab32, a cloud-based dental technology company.
  3. MB2 Dental adds 1st South Carolina practice
    Dallas-based MB2 Dental has added its first South Carolina dental practice. 
  4. Bright Direction Dental adds Michigan dental group
    Chicago-based Bright Direction Dental recently added Garfield Dental Group to its network. 
  5. Heartland Dental's 2024 so far: 19 moves
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental is the largest DSO in the U.S., supporting more than 1,700 dental practices across 39 states and Washington, D.C.
  6. The top-ranked dental insurers across 7 categories
    Delta Dental was named the best overall dental insurance company in June 2024, according to Investopedia. 
  7. 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.
  8. '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.
  9. 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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