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  1. Teledentistry startup aims to 'disrupt the disrupters'
    New Jersey-based dental startup Grin has shipped out about 5,000 units of its teledentistry system since the pandemic began, according to Bloomberg.
  2. Lawsuit alleges federal failure to supply front-line healthcare workers with enough PPE
    Labor unions representing healthcare workers as well as teachers, transit operators and other front-line workers are suing the federal government over its alleged failure to provide adequate protective gear and other medical supplies to essential workers.
  3. 7 dentists making headlines
    From a New Mexico dentist returning to work after recovering from COVID-19 to a Chicago dentist who is still struggling to procure sufficient personal protective equipment, here are the dentists making headlines this week.

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  1. Florida man threatens to kill his dentist over insurance dispute
    A Florida man unhappy with his dental insurance coverage threatened his dentist, saying he would step on her as she died, according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. 
  2. LA dentist considers selling practice due to 'scary situation' at nearby homeless encampments
    Elizabeth Rojas, DDS, is considering selling her dental practices based in Los Angeles' Van Nuys neighborhood because the activity in nearby homeless encampments has made her and her staff feel unsafe, she told local ABC affiliate KABC-TV.
  3. Minnesota Dental Association welcomes new president
    James Nickman, DDS, became the Minnesota Dental Association's new president during the organization's recent house of delegates meeting.
  4. Neocis, maker of 1st FDA-approved dental surgery robot, raises $72M
    Miami-based Neocis, the manufacturer of the only FDA-approved robot-assisted surgical system for the dental industry, announced a $72 million Series D round of financing.

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  1. Wisconsin practice 1st carbon neutral dental office in US, offsets 100% of greenhouse gas emissions
    Madison, Wis.-based Artisan Dental has partnered with Carbon Credit Capital and Green Trees to become certified as the first carbon neutral general dental practice in the U.S.
  2. Only oral cancer patients with high pain levels need neck dissection, study suggests
    Oral cancer is more likely to metastasize in patients who report high pain levels, according to research recently released in Scientific Reports, a journal published by Nature.
  3. 'It's a little scary': Chicago dentists still struggling to obtain PPE
    Plagued by pandemic-induced product shortages and price gouging, some Chicago dentists are still finding it difficult to manage their personal protective equipment supply amid the pandemic, according to local CBS affiliate WBBM-TV.
  4. California dental professionals now have 2.5 years to satisfy licensing requirements
    California dental hygienists and dental assistants who haven't been able to take the exams necessary to receive their licenses due to pandemic-induced restrictions now have extra time to fulfill the requirements, according to the California Dental Association.
  1. ADA: Should dentists immediately get the COVID-19 vaccine?
    The American Dental Association released an informational resource Oct. 6 to help dentists learn about the COVID-19 vaccine approval process and decide if they should receive one once it becomes available.
  2. Dental Care Alliance taps former Walgreens exec as new president
    After serving as Walgreens' senior vice president of pharmacy and retail operations, Jeffrey Koziel has joined Saratosa, Fla.-based Dental Care Alliance as its new president.
  3. Chicago DSO announces new COO, human resources officer
    Chicago-based Webster Dental Care, a dental service organization with 12 locations, has appointed a new chief operating officer and its first human resources officer.
  4. SmileDirectClub granted patents for toothbrush, case that can be tracked with Bluetooth
    SmileDirectClub received patents for its electric toothbrush and Bluetooth-powered aligner case, the Nashville, Tenn.-based teledentistry company announced Oct. 6.
  5. 4 telltale signs of employee theft at dental practices
    Nearly half of all dental practices in the U.S. have experienced theft from staff members, according to a survey conducted by the American Dental Association.
  6. 7 things to know about teledentistry
    As use of teledentistry spikes amid the pandemic, all dentists must understand the following facts, per the American Dental Association's teledentistry policy.
  7. 11 controls that reduce embezzlement in dental practices, per the CDA
    Embezzlement is the most common type of employee theft that occurs at dental practices, according to the California Dental Association.
  8. NY dentist allegedly touched patient forcibly, could face prison time
    Tonawanda, N.Y.-based dentist Tiberiu Sfintescu, DDS, was arraigned in court on one charge of forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor, according to local ABC affiliate WGRZ.
  9. CDC, NIH vaccine distribution framework categorizes dentists as essential
    The National Institutes of Health and the CDC outlined a COVID-19 vaccine allocation framework that identified dentists and dental hygienists as essential healthcare workers who should be given early access, according to ADA News.

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