Week in Review: DSO settles with DOJ; plus 9 toothpastes compared and capnography

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a $23.9 million settlement on January 10 with dental service organization (DSO) Benevis and its Kool Smiles affiliate after a seven-year False Claims Act investigation. Read more here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, do your patients ask which toothpaste is best for them? That's a difficult question to answer as toothpastes have complex compositions and different levels of effectiveness against erosive tooth wear. A new study put nine different toothpastes to the test to see if any were able to protect against enamel surface loss. Learn more here.

Monitoring exhaled carbon dioxide, or capnography, may be able to prevent severe adverse events in moderately sedated patients, according to a new review published in the Journal of the American Dental Association. Read more here.

There are essentially two types of dental practices: reactive practices and proactive practices, writes Laura Hatch, founder of Front Office Rocks, a dental practice front office training firm. If you are concerned your practice is in the reactive category, Hatch offers three practical ideas to help your practice change that to increase your productivity. Learn more here.

Many of you will enjoy a long weekend, so be safe. We'll be bringing you new content all next week, including a Practice Management Insider on Wednesday. If you'd like to receive that Insider, visit our email newsletters page here.

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