Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 20 entrepreneurial DSOs to know | 2021
    Dental service organizations are growing across the U.S. as independent offices search for partners to help them thrive.
  2. Andrew Smith named executive director of Association of Dental Support Organizations
    The Association of Dental Support Organizations has selected Andrew Smith as its next executive director, according to a March 2 news release.
  3. National Dental Association Foundation, Colgate establish scholarship for Black dental students
    The National Dental Association Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive have partnered to create the "Audacity to Dream" scholarship program for Black students pursuing careers in dentistry.

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  1. AAO to end ad campaign after deemed unfair to SmileDirectClub platform
    The National Advertising Division of BBB National Programs has recommended that the American Association of Orthodontists discontinue advertising that may imply that SmileDirectClub's platform is risky and its retail stores lack on-site medical professionals.
  2. High patient demand, low acquisition costs: 3 takeaways from Shawn Wherry, Dental Care Alliance's VP of marketing
    Shawn Wherry, vice president of marketing at Sarasota, Fla.-based Dental Care Alliance, discussed current trends related to marketing and acquisition in the dental industry on "Becker's Dental + DSO Podcast."
  3. 70% of dentists note uptick in teeth grinding, clenching, ADA finds
    Stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to affect dental patients, with more than 70 percent of dentists surveyed by the American Dental Association reporting an increase in teeth grinding and clenching among patients.
  4. $80M raised by Beam Dental for coverage rewarding good hygiene: 6 details
    Columbus-based insurer Beam Dental has raised $80 million in series E funding, bringing its total funding to more than $160 million.

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  1. Massachusetts orthodontist allegedly kept kids in braces longer than needed, defrauding MassHealth of millions
    An orthodontist is being accused of fraudulently submitting millions of dollars in false claims to Massachusetts' Medicaid program, MassHealth, according to a March 1 news release from Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
  2. 3 dentists making headlines
    From two leadership changes at dental institutions to a dental practice reaching a settlement to resolve allegations against it, here are the latest dentists making headlines:
  3. North American Dental Group taps new compliance and privacy officer
    Pittsburgh-based North American Dental Group has announced Keith Carrington as its chief compliance and privacy officer, according to a March 1 news release.
  4. Top 10 dental, DSO stories in February
    A list of the best paying work locations for dental hygienists captured the attention of readers most this February.
  1. Iowa dental school dean to step down following email controversy that condemned Trump executive order
    David Johnsen, DDS, will step down as dean of the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry months after he co-signed a mass email that sparked controversy for condemning an executive order issued by former President Donald Trump, The Gazette reported Feb. 25.
  2. Align CEO makes '100 most overpaid CEOs' list
    Align Technology's CEO is ranked 70 of 100 overpaid CEOs for 2021, according to an annual report from the nonprofit shareholder advocacy group As You Sow.
  3. 8% of dental hygienists have left job since pandemic began, despite low rate of COVID-19
    Despite a "high-risk" designation for COVID-19 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, only 3.1 percent of dental hygienists have had COVID-19, based on data collected in October and published by The Journal of Dental Hygiene.
  4. Caring Hands Dental Clinic plans $1.2M facility in Minnesota
    The Pipestone (Minn.) City Council is discussing the sale of a property to Alexandra, Minn.-based Caring Hands Dental Clinic, which plans to open a $1.2 million clinic to serve low-income patients, the Pipestone County Star reports.
  5. Massachusetts dentist reaches $7.5K settlement for failing to accept MassHealth patients
    A Massachusetts dental practice reached a settlement with Attorney General Maura Healey to resolve allegations that they refused to accept MassHealth members seeking treatment.
  6. SmileDirectClub partners with New York DSO
    Nashville, Tenn.-based SmileDirectClub has partnered with Long Island, N.Y.-based National Dental, the first DSO based in New York to partner with the teledentistry company.
  7. The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations launches new DLOSCE
    A new Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination has been introduced by The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and Prometric, a global test administration company.
  8. 5 dentists making headlines
    From winners of the 2020 Teledentistry Innovation Awards to two new leadership appointments, here are the latest dentists making the news:
  9. 35 states where dentists are reporting zero-day supply of gowns, per ADA
    Some dentists in 35 states reported a zero-day supply of surgical gowns as of Feb. 18, according to the American Dental Association's latest COVID-19 economic impact survey.

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