Planet DDS Blog

Exit Strategy and Selling Your Practice(s)

January 02, 2018 · By Planet DDS

Free Webinar to be held January 24, 2018 at 10am PST/1pm EST Why attend? The dental industry is experiencing a wave of consolidation, propelled in large part by outside capital. Greater DSO presence in dental means more competition, but it can also represent opportunity for dental organizations looking to sell their practice(s). So what does a…

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New insights into the causes of cavities

December 20, 2017 · By Planet DDS

When tooth decay-causing bacteria convert sugar and starch into acids that dissolve the calcium in tooth enamel, cavities are often the result. But as the local concentration of calcium increases locally during dissolution, the environment becomes more hostile to bacteria. According to an article published in Science Daily, new research from scientists at the University…

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Top 10 DSOs in the U.S.

November 15, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Earlier this year, we explored trends in group dentistry, suggesting that 2017 may be the year of the DSO. In May, DrBicuspid.com compiled a very interesting list of the 10 largest DSOs in the nation. They recently updated the list here. Their ranking was compiled with information pulled from public sources online, including the DSO’s…

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“No win, no fee” lawyers targeting dentists in the U.K.

November 09, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Practicing dentistry across the pond in the United Kingdom has become more and more challenging in the last decade, due in part to the aggressive tactics of lawyers who are sometimes referred to as “ambulance chasers.” These lawyers specialize in personal injury claims, and attract clients with the promise of no up-front fees under the…

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Should You Form A DSO?

November 01, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Free Webinar to be held November 30, 2017 at 10am PST/1pm EST Why attend? The dental industry is consolidating rapidly, with more and more dental groups forming every month. What used to be a landscape of single location practices is shifting to one of multi-location groups of all shapes and sizes. Many emerging groups and forward-looking…

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Aspen Dental ads spark debate.

October 27, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Aspen Dental, one of the largest Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) in the United States, created some buzz a few months ago with a set of new commercials. One of the ads, “Bank,” shows a dentist thwarting a bank robbery. A confused bank patron exclaims: “Help, we’re being robbed by a dentist!” To which another responds:…

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Bridging the gap between medical and dental.

October 12, 2017 · By Planet DDS

In a recent Slate article, a D.M.D candidate at the Harvard University medical and dental schools shares a compelling anecdote about the blurred line between dentistry and general medicine. Nisarg Patel was treating a patient’s fractured crown when he noticed the telltale signs of hyperplastic pulpitis, a rare inflammatory condition that causes pulp tissue to swell…

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Will ultrasound and squid ink replace dental probes?

September 27, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Dental professionals have long used hook-shaped dental probes to measure the gaps between the gum and the tooth as a method of checking for signs of periodontal disease. But measuring pocket depth—a key step in the dental checkup—is not a hygienist favorite, as the sharp probes make patients uncomfortable and the process can be time-consuming…

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Wisconsin bill allows hygienists to work without a dentist present.

September 07, 2017 · By Planet DDS

A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel discusses a new law passed in Wisconsin that allows dental hygienists to work independently, without the direct supervision of a dentist. Hygienists in Wisconsin were previously restricted from working on their own outside of a few limited scenarios. Supporters of the law cheered its passage and claimed…

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Dental tourism in Mexico’s “Molar City.”

August 10, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Last year, we discussed the rising trend of dental tourism, highlighted in Mexico’s Los Algodones. Sometimes referred to as “Molar City,” this small town near the U.S.-Mexico border is home to more than 600 dentists seeing patients in about 300 clinics. According to a recent video on NBC News, dental tourism to Los Algodones has…

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