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  1. Average hourly wage for dentists in 2024
    General dentists have the highest mean hourly wage in Vermont, making $125.18 per hour, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
  2. Arizona property with a Heartland Dental sells for $11.1M
    A newly built retail center in Peoria, Ariz., that includes a Heartland Dental location sold for $11.1 million, according to an April 11 report from AZBigMedia.
  3. Highest-paying industries for dental hygienists, assistants
    Dental hygienists have the highest annual mean wage in the employment services industry, while the highest-paying industry for dental assistants is management of companies and enterprises, according to updated data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  1. Woman charged with unlicensed dentistry in Nevada faces Illinois investigation
    A woman operating a dental practice in Schaumburg, Ill., is being investigated by state and suburban police following multiple patient complaints, according to an April 11 report from CBS News.
  2. What highpointing taught 1 oral surgeon about patient care
    Samuel Scroggins, DMD, often prepares for climbing a mountain the same way he prepares for performing a surgery.
  3. Dentistry welcomes the AI era
    New dental technologies and AI programs are changing dentistry, from assisting cavity identification to streamlining payer-provider interactions.
  4. Pitt Dental Medicine to expand its dental assisting program by 50+ students
    The University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine is planning to expand its apprenticeship program for dental assistants to include more than 60 student trainees.

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  1. Peak Rock Capital to acquire dental instruments manufacturer
    An affiliate of private equity firm Peak Rock Capital signed a definitive agreement to acquire HuFriedyGroup, a dental instrument manufacturer.
  2. Walmart to expand dental care in Texas with 18 new locations
    Walmart Health opened three new health centers in Texas, with plans to open 15 more in the state by the end of the year.
  3. The trends 6 dental leaders are keeping an eye on
    Saliva testing, medical loss ratios and robotics are just a few of the many trends dental industry leaders are following in 2024. 
  4. Nebraska practice permanently closes following dentist's death
    A dental practice in Omaha, Neb., has permanently closed due to the death of Scott Green, DDS, the dentist at the practice, according to an April 10 report by WOWT.

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  1. The growing tech that has dental leaders buzzing
    Artificial intelligence has grabbed the attention of the dental industry in recent years as clinicians and executives realize its potential for patient care and operational processes.
  2. 5 highest-paying industries for dentists
    Dentists can make the most money working for insurance carriers, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  3. Woman pleads guilty to embezzling $100K from Michigan dental office
    A former employee of Smile Zone Dental in Fort Gratiot Township, Mich., pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $100,000 from the practice, the Port Huron Times Herald reported April 11.
  4. NYU Dentistry gets $8M grant to study oral cancer research
    NYU Dentistry's Pain Research Center has been awarded an $8 million grant to study oral cancer pain research.
  5. Dental practices hit with cyberattacks: 3 updates
    Here are three data breach affecting dental practices that Becker's has covered since March 28:
  6. A new DSO, with a twist
    REV One Dental recently launched in the industry as the first DSO to have a regional footprint majority-owned by its founding dentists. 
  7. Interstate dental compact passes Colorado House committee
    The Colorado House Health and Human Services Committee passed legislation to have the state join the dentist and dental hygienist interstate compact.
  8. CMS dental rule a step forward, but more work still needed: Exec
    CMS' final rule adding routine adult dental services as an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act is a step in the right direction for improving accessibility, according to Kaz Rafia, DDS.
  9. Private equity's mark on dentistry: 3 notes
    Dental care saw the second highest number of deals out of all healthcare subsectors in 2023, according to data from the Private Equity Stakeholder Project.

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