12 dentists making headlines

From an FBI raid to thought leadership in the dental industry, here are the dentists making headlines in the past week:

1. Cornell Thomas, DDS, was named chief diversity officer and director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Edwardsville-based Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine.

2. The FBI and police department conducted a raid of Lubbock, Texas-based Jason White Dentistry Jan. 14, a day after Jason White, DDS, was charged with receipt and distribution of child pornography.

3. Manu Chaudhry, DDS, president and dental director at Salem, Ore.-based Capitol Dental Care, participated in the discussion, "What to expect in the dental industry over the next 5 years" for Becker's virtual event.

4. Michael Tillery, DDS, warned against a recent "total mouth rehab" TikTok trend.

5. Former California Dental Association President Charles Wilson, DDS, died Dec. 23 at age 96, according to a Jan. 14 announcement from the organization.

5. Glenn Prager, DDS, CEO of Community Dental in Sicklerville, N.J.; Craig Abramowitz, DDS, vice chair of Dental Care Alliance in Sarasota, Fla.; and Raul Escalante, DDS, a dentist in San Marcos, Calif., all discussed with Becker's what risks they feel are worth taking in 2021.

6. Dentists should perform COVID-19 saliva tests on patients, said Joel Strom, DDS, former California State Dental Board president and adjunct fellow at Cambridge, Mass.-based Forsyth Institute.

7. Eric Tobler, DMD, national clinical director of Mortenson Dental Partners; Timothy Quirt, DDS, vice president of clinical operations at Heartland Dental; and Jason Genta, DDS, vice president of clinical affairs at DecisionOne Dental Partners, discussed the future of technology in dentistry at Becker's virtual event.

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