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  1. Dental practice in Japan uses camera to avoid closeup exams, cut risk of COVID-19 spread
    Japanese dentist Hidehiro Fujie has been affixing a camera in patients' mouths during procedures to reduce his contact with aerosols amid the pandemic, according to Mainichi Shimbun.
  2. How a New York dental practice avoided shutdown amid a COVID-19 surge
    A New York dentist explained how his practice remained open for emergency services even when other practices had to shut down amid a statewide COVID-19 surge, according to the Democrat and Chronicle.
  3. 4 dentists making headlines
    From a New York dentist's alleged illegal opioid use to a California practice owner sharing his frustrations about the vandals who filled his office's water fountain with bubbles, here are the dentists making headlines this week.

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  1. FDA issues mercury warning for dental amalgam
    On Sept. 24, the FDA issued updated recommendations about dental amalgam and potential risks to certain individuals that may be tied to the mercury-containing fillings.
  2. 31 DSOs to know in 2020
    Amid the uncertainty 2020 has brought, dental service organizations continue to have a strong hold on the industry. Below is a list of 30 DSOs that should be on your radar this year.
  3. 'It's getting ridiculous': California dental practice repeatedly vandalized
    Bubbles in an outdoor water fountain is the latest instance of vandalism that has plagued a Salinas, Calif., cosmetic dental practice several times a month, according to local CBS affiliate KION.
  4. Maryland dentist receives prison sentence for viewing child pornography at practice
    Former family dentist Adam Slatniske, DMD, received a one-year prison sentence and must register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to a child pornography charge, according to Carroll County Times.

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  1. Preventive dental visits reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia risk by 22%, DentaQuest finds
    Patients who maintain routine dental care are less likely to acquire ventilator-associated pneumonia, according to a recent DentaQuest report.
  2. Kentucky-based DSO launches new alternative to dental insurance
    Louisville, Ky.-based Mortenson Dental Partners has launched Smiles360, a dental savings club that aims to provide an affordable alternative to dental insurance.
  3. New York dentist allegedly consumed opioids she prescribed others
    A New York dentist has been arrested for allegedly dispensing oxycodone without a legitimate medical purpose, according to a news release from the Northern District of New York's Department of Justice.
  4. Industry group questions Texas OIG investigations into Medicaid dentists
    Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform wrote a post on its website Sept. 23 pointing out that the state's HHS Office of Inspector General has given "a lion's share of attention" to dentists despite the many other Medicaid health professions represented in the office's quarterly report.
  1. Dental lab industry poised for growth: 5 key notes
    The dental lab industry is estimated to grow by $10.7 billion from 2020 to 2024, according to a Sept. 23 report from global technology research company Technavio.
  2. 'New, disruptive platform' aims to make dental care more affordable
    Chewsi, a Providence, R.I.-based subsidiary of Delta Dental, developed an app to help patients save on dental care, its president said in a Sept. 20 Q&A with The Boston Globe.
  3. Delta Dental among best places to work in Arkansas 8th year in a row
    Delta Dental of Arkansas was named one of the best places to work by the Arkansas Business and Best Companies Group for the eighth consecutive year.
  4. Latinx dentist discusses oral health disparities his community faces
    As a Latinx dentist, Jayme Oliveira, DDS, has a unique perspective on the oral health disparities Latinx communities face, according to local CBS affiliate WTKR.
  5. ADA, Bayer partner on pain management resource
    The American Dental Association and Bayer collaborated to create a teaching tool that recommends considering nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to manage acute pain.
  6. More than 90% of dentists sought financial relief due to pandemic, ADA poll finds
    More than 9 in every 10 dentists applied for financial assistance amid the pandemic, according to responses from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute's latest poll.
  7. Delta Dental of Illinois donates $255K for children's oral health
    Delta Dental of Illinois's charitable arm awarded more than $255,000 to 16 organizations across the state that work to improve children's oral health.
  8. 7 dentists making headlines
    From two married Louisiana practice owners rebuilding their office after hurricane damage to the Alaska dentist who removed a patient's tooth while on a hoverboard being sentenced to prison, here are the dentists making headlines this week.
  9. SmileDirectClub to open $34M manufacturing plant in Tennessee, add 600 new jobs
    SmileDirectClub said it will be developing a $34 million manufacturing facility in Columbia, Tenn., along with 600 new jobs, according to CBS affiliate WTVF.

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