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  1. Dentists explore UV light technology as sanitation tool
    Dentists nationwide are purchasing UV light technology to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in their practices, but there are many factors to consider before buying these costly products, according to CNBC.
  2. 7 tips for dentists to consider when buying infection control devices
    Many dentists are considering the use of air filters, UVC lights and suction devices to help reduce aerosols as their practices reopen, but there is a lack of messaging on how to effectively incorporate these products, according to the American Dental Association.
  3. Dentists can calculate PPE burn rate with CDC tool
    Dentists can use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's spreadsheet-based tool to assist in planning and optimizing their use of personal protective equipment amid the pandemic.

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  1. Ohio dental office data breach affects over 14,400 patients
    Cambridge, Ohio-based Woodlawn Dental Center reported a data breach this week, according to HHS.
  2. CDC updates guidelines for dental offices resuming care
    The CDC released infection prevention and control guidelines this week for offices resuming nonemergency dental care during the pandemic.
  3. Lawsuit alleging Colgate's natural toothpaste is deceptive moves forward
    A federal court has denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Colgate-Palmolive and its unit Tom's of Maine alleging they deceptively marketed the toothpaste as "natural," though it has synthetic ingredients, Bloomberg Law reports.
  4. Arkansas dentist performed 'bogus' procedures on kids with Medicaid, lawsuit alleges
    Arkansas' attorney general Leslie Rutledge filed a lawsuit May 21 against a dentist and dental office for allegedly running a scheme to fraudulently bill Medicaid and performing "bogus procedures" on children and young adults.

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  1. 10 states most, least affected by surge in unemployment claims
    Florida is the state with the most unemployment claims during the pandemic, according to a WalletHub ranking released May 21.
  2. Resource center at U of Michigan dental school gets $31.4M grant
    A regenerative medicine resource center led by Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan School of Dentistry received a $31.4 million grant from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, according to a May 19 news release.
  3. Surcharges necessary to cover PPE costs, Texas dentists say
    Texas dentists are adding surcharges of $10 to $30 to patient bills to cover the cost of the sanitation and personal protective equipment needed to safely reopen their practices, according to local NBC affiliate WOAI-TV.
  4. California dentists receive guide for reopening offices
    The California Dental Association released a comprehensive guide for reopening dental practices, offering dentists streamlined information on how to protect their staff and patients.

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  1. Florida dentist hires teacher so dental employees can return to work
    A Florida dentist hired a teacher after some employees with children said they would have difficulty returning to work unless they had child care, according to CBS affiliate WJAX-TV.
  2. 4 things dentists should consider when reopening
    As more states begin reopening their dental practices for nonemergency care, some dentists remain unsure if they are adequately prepared to safely resume routine procedures.
  3. PPP loan forgiveness application: 5 borrower-friendly features to know
    The Small Business Administration and the Department of the Treasury made the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application available online, giving dentists an incentive to retain or rehire their staff.
  4. Connecticut dental hygienists protest as practices reopen
    Connecticut dental hygienists protested May 20 in front of the state capital to demonstrate their concern about contracting COVID-19 as dental practices reopen, according to local CBS affiliate WFSB.
  5. Routine dental appointments in San Francisco require COVID-19 test
    Dental patients in San Francisco must receive a COVID-19 test before procedures that can produce dental aerosols, excluding emergencies, according to ABC's KABC-TV.
  6. Wisconsin dentist gets 6-year prison sentence for tax evasion
    A Wisconsin dentist received a six-year prison sentence May 19 for tax evasion, WKBT News 8 reports.
  7. 10 states with the least, most COVID-19 restrictions
    South Dakota remains the state with the least severe COVID-19 restrictions, according to a new ranking from WalletHub.
  8. Florida dentists urge governor to waive certain licensure exam rules amid pandemic
    The Florida Dental Association is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to approve a one-time waiver on certain dental licensure exam regulations amid the pandemic, according to local ABC affiliate WFTS-TV.
  9. SmileDirectClub sues NBC for $2.8B
    SmileDirectClub filed a $2.8 billion lawsuit against NBCUniversal Media on May 18, claiming the news publication ignored facts and broadcast a story with over 40 errors in it.

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