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  1. Texas DSO expands out-of-state
    Dallas-based Jefferson Dental & Orthodontics has opened two practices in Oklahoma, according to a Dec. 2 news release.
  2. More staff needed to treat same number of patients compared to pre-pandemic: ADA
    Dentists say they need more staff to see the same number of patients compared to pre-pandemic, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  3. Aspen Dental management group rebrands to reflect expansion
    Aspen Dental Management has rebranded as the Aspen Group to reflect its expansion in the healthcare industry, the company said Dec. 2.
  1. North American Dental Group names chief research and strategies officer
    North American Dental Group has appointed George Bruder, DMD, its chief research and strategies officer, the Pittsburgh-based DSO said Dec. 1.
  2. Surgical mask cost has at least doubled since pandemic onset, most dentists say
    The majority of dentists indicated that the price of surgical masks has at least doubled, while 47 percent of dentists said the cost of gloves has at least tripled since the onset of the pandemic, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  3. Dental industry grapples with national workforce shortages: 20 stories in 2021
    Dental practices nationwide have struggled to keep up with workforce shortages exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but several groups and leaders have posed solutions to alleviate these challenges.
  4. 22 DSOs making headlines in November
    Below are some of the latest updates from dental support organizations occurring this November.

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  1. 'Oral health is vital to mental health': ADA backs new toolkit for dental practices
    The National Council for Mental Wellbeing debuted a toolkit to help dental practices integrate their care with mental health and substance abuse services, the American Dental Association said Nov. 30.
  2. Cost of dental degrees may pose threat to industry: WSJ
    Dental degrees can leave students with significant debt and may threaten the industry's outlook, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis.
  3. 7 recent teledentistry updates
    From market projections to new product launches, here are seven recent teledentistry updates to know: 
  4. Boston University dental school names new dean
    Cataldo Leone, DMD, has been named dean of the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the school said Nov. 30.
  1. Private equity in dentistry: 9 updates in 2021
    From new investments to DSO launches, here are nine private equity moves in the dental industry in 2021:
  2. Dentists recruiting for this role the most: 4 things to know, per ADA
    About 40 percent of dentists are recruiting dental assistants and more than a third (35 percent) are recruiting hygienists, according to the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  3. Henry Schein One launches integrated phone system for dental practices
    Henry Schein One has debuted a phone system that integrates with three of its patient communication platforms for dental practices, the dental software company said Nov. 29.
  4. SprintRay receives FDA clearance for night guard printing resin
    SprintRay received FDA 510(k) clearance to market a printing resin used in the manufacturing of orthodontic and dental appliances, the dental 3D printing company said Nov. 30.
  5. Nevada woman charged with unlicensed dentistry; patients claim unsanitary conditions
    A Las Vegas woman has been arrested on charges of practicing unlicensed dentistry, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Nov. 29.
  6. Top 10 dental, DSO stories in November
    A story about CMS's new vaccine mandate — which excludes dentists — garnered the most attention during November.
  7. 7 dentists making headlines
    The newest president of the American Orthodontic Society, and six other dentists who made headlines last week:
  8. California waiver authorizing recorded webinars as continuing education ends in December
    A waiver from the California Department of Consumer Affairs permitting dental professionals to use certain recorded webinars as continuing education will end Dec. 31.
  9. What is limiting dentists from treating more patients? 4 top reasons
    Difficulty filling vacant staff positions is the most common reason dentists aren't able to accept more patients right now, according to poll findings from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

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