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  1. UConn dental faculty use $1.3M grant to boost diversity in dental workforce
    Mansfield-based University of Connecticut's dental school, along with 11 other schools, are using a $1.3 million grant to develop a national mentoring network and support a diverse dental, oral and craniofacial workforce, UConn Today reports.
  2. 9 in 10 dentists experiencing significant patient volume decrease, survey finds
    Ninety percent of dentists are experiencing noticeable plunges in patient volume, according to survey results from insurer DentaQuest.
  3. Virginia Dental Association updates COVID-19 guidelines
    The Virginia Dental Association revised its treatment guidelines to help ensure patient and staff safety during the pandemic, according to WSET.

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  1. Dentists aren't regularly checked for COVID-19, North Carolina dentist says
    Dentists nationwide are taking precautions to make sure their practices are operating safely during the pandemic, but they are not being consistently tested for COVID-19, according to Asheville, N.C., ABC affiliate WLOS.
  2. 6 staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Georgia dental school
    Six staff members at the Dental College of Georgia at Augusta University have tested positive for COVID-19, university officials confirmed with Fox's WFXG.
  3. Only half of dentists being paid in full, ADA poll finds
    Patient volume in dental practices reached 65 percent of pre-pandemic levels during the week of June 15, according to the latest survey round from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.
  4. NYU dental school snags $2M federal grant to improve care for patients with disabilities
    The Health Resources and Services Administration has granted the NYU College of Dentistry nearly $2 million to train dentists on providing care for patients with disabilities.

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  1. Kansas dental practice offers scholarships to youth leadership program
    Salina, Kan.-based New Horizons Dental Care is encouraging local high school and college students to apply for a scholarship to the Leadership and Educational Advancement Program Week, according to KSAL.
  2. 'Oral health is essential for good overall health': Nevada Dental Association encourages patients to return
    Mark Funke, DDS, president of the Nevada Dental Association, is assuring Nevadans it is safe to visit the dentist during the pandemic, according to an opinion column he wrote for the Reno Gazette Journal.
  3. 10 states with the most, fewest COVID-19 restrictions
    New Mexico is the state with the most COVID-19 restrictions, according to an analysis by WalletHub, a personal finance website.
  4. Delta Dental donated $76.3M to oral health last year
    Delta Dental donated more than $76.3 million in 2019, affecting more than 12.8 million people and funding over 1,700 programs, according to the Delta Dental Institute's first community impact report.

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  1. Pennsylvania dental clinic launches pre-appointment COVID-19 testing program
    New Castle, Pa.-based Refresh Dental is requiring all patients scheduled for an appointment to undergo a COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody test before receiving care.
  2. ADA encourages waiting period before disinfecting treatment rooms
    Dentists should exercise caution in determining the waiting period before disinfecting treatment rooms, according to the American Dental Association's response to the CDC's recent relaxation of dental safety protocols.
  3. 'Dentists have to be proactive': Texas dentist uses laser as infection control tool
    Texas dentist Dunia Korous, DDS, has found her Solea laser to be an important infection control tool for her Frisco-based practice, according to local ABC affiliate WFAA.
  4. 5 dentists making headlines
    Here's this week's roundup of dentists making headlines.
  5. Houston dentist shares tips on how to be an LGBTQ ally in the field
    Alex Barrera, DDS, discussed ways dentists can take steps to address the health disparities facing the LGBTQ community in a recent blog post for the American Dental Association.
  6. Rhode Island dental employee allegedly assaulted teen patient under anesthesia
    A Rhode Island dental employee allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage patient who was under anesthesia, NBC's WJAR reports.
  7. Ohio dental practice vandalized, stolen from
    A man allegedly stole a U.S. Army flag while vandalizing an Ohio dental office, according to The Daily Jeffersonian.
  8. Elite Dental Partners: 3 COVID-19 reopening tips
    Chicago-based Elite Dental Partners released some of their recommendations designed to guide dental practices amid reopening.
  9. BCBS of North Carolina extends telehealth coverage throughout 2020
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will keep its expanded reimbursement plan for virtual visits throughout 2020, according to a June 18 news release.

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