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  1. 'Sick and tired' of discrimination in community, Tennessee dentist runs for mayor
    Elenora Woods, DDS, entered the 2021 race for mayor of Chattanooga, Tenn., reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  2. Pandemic leaves 4,000 Boston public school students without dental care
    Nearly 4,000 Boston children have lost their access to dental care due to public schools' pandemic-induced suspension of dental programs for students who may not otherwise receive services, The Boston Globe reported.
  3. 'Our profession is changing': ADA president looks back on 2020
    Chad Gehani, DDS, addressed the American Dental Association's House of Delegates Oct. 15, reflecting on his year of service as ADA president.

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  1. Dentists to raise fees, exit family practices as patient volume stagnates, experts predict
    Patients delaying dental care amid the pandemic will likely trigger increased patient fees, job cuts and fewer family practices, experts told USA Today.
  2. 3 DIY dental trends on TikTok that dentists have deemed dangerous
    Do-it-yourself dental trends have emerged on TikTok, the video-centric social media platform with more than 800 million active users worldwide, in recent weeks, but many dentists think the users posting these videos should stick to receiving their dental care from a professional.
  3. 6 dentists making headlines
    From a former American Dental Association vice president's passing to a Ohio dentist being indicted in the largest healthcare opioid and fraud case in the Department of Justice's history, here are the dentists making headlines this week.
  4. Study: Lack of dental care access leads to surplus of preventable ED visits, inefficient resource use
    Visits related to a preventable dental condition make up 1.5 to 2.5 percent of all emergency department visits in the U.S., costing taxpayers, hospitals and the government about $2 billion per year, a new study from College Station-based Texas A&M University reveals.

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  1. CDA to assist dentists rolling out in-office COVID-19 testing
    Although point-of-care tests are not yet readily available for practice use, the California Dental Association is advocating for dentists to have testing capabilities.
  2. Teledentistry startup partners with service provider to expand care delivery
    Young teledentistry company The TeleDentists partnered with healthcare services provider FlexCare Digital Health Oct. 13 to offer its services to more employees.
  3. Dentist warns against new TikTok trend of flossing with hair
    The latest dental TikTok trend to emerge is flossing your teeth with hair, according to Mirror.
  4. Very few dentists contracted COVID-19 after reopening this spring, poll finds
    COVID-19 rates among dentists were low in the late spring as practices reopened, according to an Oct. 9 report by the American Dental Association.
  1. More than 25% of dental practices recruiting again, new poll finds
    Roughly one-third of dental practices are recruiting dental assistants and one-quarter are recruiting hygienists, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  2. Henry Schein, The Dentists Supply Company partner to form new dental supply website
    Henry Schein has partnered with The Dentists Supply Company to launch, an online-only option for purchasing dental supplies that will go live in late October.
  3. Western Dental opens 234th practice in California
    Orange, Calif.-based Western Dental is opening a new practice in San Diego, the organization's 234th office in California.
  4. Ohio dentist, assistant charged in $6B federal opioid takedown
    An Ohio dentist and dental assistant were among those indicted in the largest healthcare opioid and fraud case in the Department of Justice's history, which included more than 100 medical professionals charged in relation to schemes that defrauded federal healthcare programs and private insurers of more than $6 billion, according to a DOJ news release.
  5. Harvard to close student, faculty dental clinic, cites financial hardship
    Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University will offset financial strains by closing its dental clinic and pharmacy Dec. 31, The Harvard Crimson reported.
  6. CMS releases eligibility fact sheet: 3 notes
    CMS released a fact sheet to help providers check patients' Medicare eligibility.
  7. North Carolina dentist on probation after failing to keep proper records
    Eric Morrison, DDS, of Waynesville, N.C.-based Morrison Family Dental, has been placed on a five-year probation by the state board after failing to keep proper patient records, reports The Mountaineer.
  8. Young endodontist shares lessons he's learned in career so far
    Massachusetts endodontist William Arden, DDS, thought he may have been compromising when he entered dental school instead of becoming a physician, but he now understands that is not the case, according to ADA News.
  9. Robert Ferris, former ADA vice president, dies
    Former American Dental Association vice president Robert Ferris, DDS, died Oct. 1 at age 83, the organization recently announced.

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