Week in Review: FTC proposes big 3 penalties | Dentistry after dark? | Perio production

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed an antitrust complaint against the three largest distributors in dentistry: Henry Schein, Patterson Companies, and Benco Dental. The complaint alleges a conspiracy not to do business with buying groups representing small-group and solo practices. Read the story here.

On February 15, the FTC released new details in its antitrust complaint against the distributors. The commission also proposed nine retributive actions should the companies be found guilty of conspiracy. Read the latest update here.

Also this week on DrBicuspid.com, do you ever wonder if you could use your office after hours to increase hygiene production and maybe attract new patients? A start-up, Floss Bar, is trying to do just that by allowing patients to schedule an appointment with a hygienist during hours when dental offices typically aren't in use. Learn more here.

Research suggests a major link between periodontal disease and wider health issues, and data show almost half of U.S. adults have some form of gum disease. So how is your practice responding? Dr. David Black looks at the per-practice data on periodontal treatment and offers some ideas to help your practice increase production. Read more here.

On Tuesday, February 20, we kick off our coverage of the Chicago Dental Society's 2018 Midwinter Meeting with the first of our two-part preview of new products. Our coverage will continue throughout the week.

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