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  1. Dental organizations urge Congress to assist dentists in next COVID relief bill
    The American Dental Association, along with the Organized Dentistry Coalition and some state dental associations, is urging Congress to provide relief to dental practices in the upcoming pandemic relief package.
  2. Dentists still prescribing opioids at unsafe rates, experts say
    Up to half of opioids given out by U.S. dentists are unnecessary and inappropriate, according to University of Pittsburgh data cited by NPR.
  3. Judge tosses out SmileDirectClub case against California dental board
    A federal judge has ruled that SmileDirectClub can't move forward with its antitrust challenge to the Dental Board of California's efforts to classify its storefronts as illegal dentistry, Bloomberg Law reports.

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  1. 'We are being targeted' by racist messages, staff at California dental clinic say
    Staff at San Jose, Calif.-based Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley believe the dental and health clinic is the target of racist messages, according to CBS affiliate KPIX-TV.
  2. ADA to Congress: Ease forgiveness process for PPP loans under $150K
    The American Dental Association, along with more than 100 stakeholders, asked Congress to pass a proposal that would ease the forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program loans under $150,000.
  3. 6 dentists making headlines
    Here's the latest roundup of dentists making headlines.
  4. California dentist riding his bike 3.4K miles to raise money for dental nonprofit
    Donald Montano, DDS, is riding his bike across the U.S. to raise money for Smile for a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that helps increase dental care access among children and young adults, according to local ABC affiliate KERO-TV.

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  1. 'Fear is the worst virus': Florida dentist employs ozone therapy, emotional support dog to reduce patient anxiety
    Florida dentist Tara Griffin, DMD, has implemented a long list of infection control procedures since her Panama City Beach-based practice reopened its doors for nonemergency care May 11, according to local ABC affiliate WMBB-TV.
  2. Oklahoma dentist, 2 employees charged in 7-year drug scheme
    A Tulsa, Okla.-based dentist and two employees were arrested July 16 for allegedly obtaining prescription drugs for personal use, according to CBS affiliate KOTV.
  3. Office manager of Oregon dental practice allegedly embezzled $140K+
    An office manager at an Oregon dental practice was charged with embezzling more than $140,000 between 2013 and 2020, according to USA Today affiliate Statesman Today.
  4. 'It's been really tough': Many Oregon dentists affected by dental assistant shortage
    Many dental practices in central Oregon appear to be affected by a shortage of dental assistants, KTVZ reports.

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  1. Face masks may be linked to more cavities, Texas dentist says
    A Houston-based pediatric dentist has seen more patients with cavities than before and believes it may be tied to wearing face masks, according to ABC's KTRK-TV.
  2. 'It is horrific,' Massachusetts dentist says of increasing cost to run practice
    Some Massachusetts dentists say the price of operating a dental practice has significantly increased, according to The Salem News.
  3. Chicago dentist offers free care for kids in underserved communities
    Chicago dentist Ogbonna Bowden, DDS, is running a mobile dentistry service that provides children on the city's South Side with free exams, screenings and cleanings, according to local ABC affiliate WLS-TV.
  4. Massachusetts Dental Society executive director dies at 41
    The executive director of the Massachusetts Dental Society, Conor McNulty, died July 6 in his home at age 41.
  5. Dentists charging PPE fees may violate law, Maryland attorney general warns
    Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh has warned dentists that charging personal protective equipment fees may violate the Consumer Protection Act, according to ABC affiliate WMAR-TV.
  6. 22 states that have paused or reversed reopening
    More than 20 states have rolled back or paused reopening efforts as COVID-19 cases surge in certain regions. 
  7. California dental employees must pass life support training course to retain licensure
    Dentists, registered dental assistants and registered dental hygienists who obtained their licenses in California need to complete a basic life support course as part of the state's continuing education requirements.
  8. Nevada considers cutting dental budget amid economic shortfall
    Nevada dentists might face budget cuts during the state legislature's session to repair Nevada's $1.2 billion shortfall, according to NBC's KRNV.
  9. Latest COVID-19 closures in California don't affect dental practices
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom halted indoor operations for many businesses July 13 to slow the transmission of COVID-19, the California Dental Association reports.

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