Planet DDS Blog

The economic effect of poor dental care.

March 01, 2018 · By Planet DDS

Under federal mandates, all children from low-income families enrolled in Medicaid are guaranteed dental coverage across the United States. Unfortunately for adults, the inclusion of dental coverage with Medicaid benefits is much less common, and varies across state lines. In many of the states offering dental benefits under Medicaid, the coverage is minimal and often…


Car launches into second story of dental office.

February 15, 2018 · By Planet DDS

Some people put off a visit to the dentist, but on the opposite end of the spectrum, have you ever heard of someone crashing their car into the dental office itself? That’s exactly what happened not too far from our main corporate office last month here in Southern California, where a seemingly implausible accident left…


Taiwanese dentist court-ordered to pay mother for education.

January 17, 2018 · By Planet DDS

The high cost of a dental education—hundreds of thousands of dollars—is no secret. It’s one of the reasons why so many newly minted dentists are joining DSOs that offer guaranteed income, financial security, and even tuition reimbursement. Here in the U.S., those fortunate enough to have parents who can foot the bill typically aren’t expected…


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…


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…


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, 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…


“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…


Should You Form A DSO?

November 01, 2017 · By Planet DDS

Webinar Recording 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 practices are asking: should we form a DSO of our own?…


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:…


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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