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Dentist who pulled teeth while on hoverboard is convicted
January 21, 2020 -- An Alaska dentist who was filmed pulling a sedated woman's teeth while riding a hoverboard has been convicted of reckless endangerment and Medicaid fraud, according to a press release issued by the Alaska Department of Law.  Discuss
Most lung vaping cases linked to informal sources of THC
January 21, 2020 -- The recent outbreak of lung disease linked to vaping appears to be most prevalent in people who vaped THC-containing products obtained from informal sources, such as family, dealers, and online, according to a new report released on January 14 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Discuss
Sugary drinks aren't so sugary after U.K. tax law
January 21, 2020 -- The sugar content of sodas sold in the U.K. is going down, according to new research published on January 13 in BMC Medicine. The reduction in sugar content is likely because of changing consumer habits, but also because a tiered tax law went into effect in 2018.  Discuss
Oral pain center agrees to pay $1M to settle false claims case
January 20, 2020 -- A pain treatment center in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Tricare for oral appliances used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for starting the new year off right
January 20, 2020 -- The new year offers a great opportunity to start fresh. Now's the time to look back on what went well, evaluate what went wrong, and devise a plan for improving performance in 2020, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
DSOs: Comparing startups to those operating and successful
January 20, 2020 -- A startup dental service organization (DSO) has a risk in maintaining an adequate capitalization base in the short term -- and especially in the long term. Certified public accountant Bruce Bryen explains some of the hardships and concepts for curing the problems necessary for a startup DSO to become a successful DSO.  Discuss
Speeding driver uses 'autopilot' mode to floss, gets ticket
January 17, 2020 -- A Tesla driver in Canada may think twice before he decides again to work on his oral health while behind the wheel. The man was charged with careless driving after police caught him using both hands to floss his teeth while cruising on "autopilot," according to news reports.  Discuss
Pa. mom arrested for allowing kids' teeth to blacken
January 17, 2020 -- A mother in Pennsylvania was arraigned on January 14 on felony child endangerment charges for not getting dental treatment for her two 4-year-old sons. She allegedly knew her sons needed dental surgery but didn't take them for treatment, allowing their teeth to decay and blacken, according to news reports.
Colgate creates first-ever recyclable toothpaste tube
January 17, 2020 -- Colgate-Palmolive has created the first recyclable toothpaste tube, which is set to debut in the U.S. in 2020 under its brand Tom's of Maine. The company also plans to share the technology behind the new tube with its competitors.  Discuss
Wis. dental assistant claims fired for pro-Trump comments
January 16, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Wisconsin says she was fired when a bad review, claiming her employer had workers who spew racist comments, surfaced on the office's social media. She believes her own pro-President Trump comments on Facebook led to the review and firing, according to news reports.  Discuss
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