Fearing the Uber of dentistry

The Washington Times –

Five years ago, I started researching the delivery of children’s dental care in the growing Medicaid dental space. I discovered a pioneering, cost-effective dental health care solution called “dental support organizations,” or DSOs. Some DSOs help improve access for underserved children, who largely lack access to “regular” dental practices that have historically not accepted patients who rely on the low-paying Medicaid program. As an economist, I was intrigued — however, as I dug deeper, I uncovered something disturbing: a coordinated effort to inhibit entrepreneurship and innovation in this critically underserved health care niche, at the expense of vulnerable children.

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Bilt And Schmidt Back At The Helm Of Smile Brands

Group Dentistry Now –

Steve Bilt and Bradley Schmidt are back in charge at Smile Brands.  Back in June of 2015, Bilt and Schmidt were chosen to head up OneSmile, a start up DSO focused on acquiring practices in the Western US.  Private equity firm Gryphon Investors helped fund OneSmile.  Fast forward to August of 2016, and Gryphon, Bilt and Schmidt are back at it with Smile Brands.  OneSmile and Smile Brands will operate together with OneSmile focusing on acquiring existing dental practices in the Western US.

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Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States

American Dental Association –

Do adults in your state feel that the condition of their mouth and teeth affects their ability to interview for a job? Do they reduce participation in social activities or limit day-to-day activities because of poor oral health? Why do high-income adults in your state not visit the dentist more frequently?  Do people expect they will lose some of their teeth as they grow older?

Oral Health & Well-Being in the United States summarizes select data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization among United States adults as of 2015 based on an innovative household survey. See the report here.

Doctor’s Orders: Why Every One Needs To Visit The Dentist Every Six Months

The Huffington Post –

I am among the group of people who would prefer to have no business within the four walls of a hospital or any medical related institution. Being in such a place makes me feel like a ‘98 Chevy with no engine just sitting there in the junkyard.

Throughout my life, I have visited a dentist’s office three; first to make an appointment and secondly to have a tooth pulled.

See full article here.

High demand for dental care strains many health clinics: 4 things to know

Becker’s Hospital Review –

Last month, HHS awarded $156 million to 420 health clinics around the U.S. to help address the overwhelmingly high demand for affordable dental coverage, according to Kaiser Health News.

Roughly 108 million Americans lack dental insurance, HHS found, and even those with dental coverage may find it difficult to access care, according to the report. For many people, primary care medical centers represent the main access point for dental care.

Here are four things to know about the increasing utilization of health centers for dental care in the U.S., according to Kaiser Health News.

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Medicaid expansion improves access

The Clarion-Ledger –

As I travel across the Southeastern region, there is nothing more heartbreaking than to witness some of the region’s poorest and sickest citizens be denied access to affordable, quality health care because they are caught in the persistent Medicaid gap...

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Dental Associates to Open New Waukesha Clinic


On Monday, July 11 at 7 a.m., Dental Associates will open its doors and begin seeing patients at its new, state-of-the-art dental center at 1211 Dolphin Ct. in Waukesha. The 21,571-square-foot clinic, which is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy. 164 and E. Main St., features a sleek glassy rotunda and attractive brick exterior. Inside, the clinic has a spacious lobby, stone fireplace and is flooded with natural light to create a warm and inviting space for patients. The opening marks Dental Associates’ sixth dental center in the Milwaukee area.

“We have a dynamic model of patient care that we’re excited to share with Waukesha County residents,” says Thomas Manos, D.D.S, M.S., president and owner of Dental Associates, Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice. “A high-tech facility like our Waukesha clinic is part of our vision to provide comprehensive, affordable, top-quality dental services to residents throughout the area.”

The Waukesha location will provide a comprehensive suite of dental services – general dentistry, pediatric, orthodontic and surgical care – to meet the needs of children, teens, adults and seniors. Initially, the clinic will include a total of 20 team members, consisting of dentists, hygienists, and dental technicians.

The Waukesha clinic will feature convenient iPad check-in and medical history gathering, electronic medical records that allow patients to visit any Dental Associates location for care, private consultation rooms, quiet rooms for patients who need additional privacy and dual in-room monitors so patients can easily view their x-rays or watch educational oral care videos.

Each patient will have their own dental team that includes a dentist, dental hygienist and dental technician who they see each time they visit. If additional services are required, the patient’s dentist will consult with the on-site specialist to create an individualized plan of care, based on the patient’s specific needs.

“During the last few years, we’ve worked hard to bring continual improvements and innovations to our clinics and patients,” says Dr. Manos. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to be the best and most trusted provider of dental services in Wisconsin.”

In 2014, the company began posting Press Ganey patient evaluations of its dentists and clinics on its website and was awarded the prestigious Press Ganey Leaders in Transparency Award. Press Ganey, an independent, nationally-recognized health care data company, conducts the patient surveys.


Founded in 1973, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 13 clinics throughout the state and nearly 800 staff members, including 100 doctors and 629 operatories. The company plans to open its 14th dental center in Howard, near Green Bay, in August 2016. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider of CarePlus Dental Plans, which allows the company to provide affordable and high-quality dental health care to all Wisconsin residents.

Darin Schumacher, 920-431-1742
[email protected]


See press release here.

Sunset Review Public Hearing on State Board of Dental Examiners Next Week

Texas Dentists for Medicaid Reform –

Those that want to make their views known about the current state of the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners can testify in Austin next week before the Sunset Advisory Commission.  The staff report from the Commission is highly critical of the board’s operation – see ourprevious story on this from April.

The public hearing is taking place on Thursday, June 23, starting at 9:00 am in Capitol Extension, Room E1.030 at the Capitol.

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