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  1. Sunstar expands national recall of gingivitis drug
    Sunstar Americas is expanding its recall for its gingivitis oral rinse, paroex chlorhexidine gluconate, because it may contain the bacteria Burkholderia lata.
  2. 6 dentists making headlines
    From COVID-19 violations to manslaughter charges, here are the dentists making headlines in the past week.
  3. North Carolina dentists petition government to include them in 1st tier of vaccinations
    Dental professionals are petitioning the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to prioritize them in the first phase of vaccine distribution, reports ABC affiliate WTVD.

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  1. Aspen Dental opens 15th Oregon practice
    Aspen Dental opened an office in Bend, Ore., according to a Dec. 28 news release.
  2. Pacific Dental Services implants imaging tool in 100 practices
    Irvine, Calif.-based Pacific Dental Services has implemented its Cone Beam Computed Tomography in 100 dental offices, according to a Dec. 17 news release.
  3. Tennessee dentist dies after skiing accident
    A Tennessee dentist died Dec. 23 after suffering severe injuries from a skiing accident, reports WJHL.
  4. Dental365 partners with Creative Dental Care
    New York City-based Dental365 has partnered with Westfield, N.J.-based Creative Dental Care, a boutique dental practice, according to a Dec. 28 news release obtained by Becker's.

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  1. Oregon dentist 1st in industry to give COVID-19 vaccine
    Ryan Thrower, DMD, is the first U.S. dentist to administer a COVID-19 vaccine, reports NBC affiliate KGW.
  2. Louisiana dentist arrested for killing wife
    A Louisiana dentist has been arrested for allegedly shooting his wife, reports ABC affiliate KNOE-TV.
  3. National council adopts transparency model for dental benefits contracting act
    The National Council of Insurance Legislators adopted the NCOIL Transparency in Dental Benefits Contracting Model Act, according to a Dec. 27 news release.
  4. Dental pioneer Dr. Arthur Bushel dies at 99
    Arthur Bushel, DDS, who taught at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and was an expert of fluoridation, died at age 99, according to a Dec. 26 obituary from The Baltimore Sun.
  1. OSHA fines Michigan dentist $2K+ for COVID-19 violations
    A Michigan dental practice received a $2,100 fine from Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for COVID-19 workplace violations, according to a Dec. 22 news release.
  2. Trump pardons former Pittsburgh dentist convicted of healthcare fraud
    President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to Alfonso Costa, DMD, a former Pittsburgh dentist who pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud.
  3. Massachusetts AG issues advisory after complaints of dental surcharges
    Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a Dec. 21 advisory after receiving multiple concerns from dental patients about surcharges related to COVID-19.
  4. Heartland Dental acquires Tru Family Dental's 23 practices
    Effingham, Ill.-based Heartland Dental has acquired Southfield, Mich.-based Tru Family Dental, a regional dental support organization consisting of 10 Illinois offices and 13 Michigan offices.
  5. Dentists' top 5 questions on COVID-19 exposure, per CDA
    The California Dental Association released the top five most frequently asked questions by its member dentists regarding COVID-19 exposure.
  6. North American Dental Group adds New York City practice
    Pittsburgh-based North American Dental Group has added New York City-based Park 56 Dental as a new affiliate.
  7. Top 10 dental stories of 2020
    Dental industry stats and COVID-19 news dominated the news cycle in 2020.
  8. Routine dental care may prevent severe COVID-19 complications, study finds
    Successful control of periodontal inflammation can be beneficial to the lungs and potentially decrease severity and risk of COVID-19 respiratory problems, according to a study published by the Journal of the California Dental Association.
  9. AI tech powers award-winning clinical dental research
    Denti.Ai, an AI company analyzing dental x-rays, was used to push award-winning research, according to a Dec. 17 news release.

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