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Private-Equity Firms Get Involved With Dentistry

Private-equity firms could soon be in the dental business.

The firms have been have been submitting bids for two of the largest chains of dental offices, including Aspen Dental and Kool Smiles. The bid for Aspen Dental, which is based in Syracuse, N.Y., could be more than $500 million. The bid for Kool Smiles is separate and could end up being more than the bid for Aspen Dental.

Aspen has around 300 offices. The company is working with the bank Moelis & Co.

Kool Smiles has about $80 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization.

This kind of sale is unique in the dental profession because most dentists work either by themselves or with one other dentist. It would be new ground for private-equity firms because they have not been involved in dentistry as much as other aspects of healthcare.

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Dental School Teaches Students with Innovative Technology

Students of the University of Maryland Dental School “represent a link, a conduit, to the future,” due to the school’s leadership in teaching digital dentistry, Gary Hack, DDS, said today in Amsterdam at the annual meeting of the Association of Dental Educators in Europe (ADEE), “Digital Dentistry: A Space Odyssey.”

“I believe that the University of Maryland Dental School is one of the most high-tech, digitally advanced dental schools in the world,” said Hack, an associate professor of operative dentistry at the school. He presented a list of technological innovations that have been implemented by Dental School Dean Christian S. Stohler, DMD, and his faculty since completion of the school’s modern building in downtown Baltimore four years ago.

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Children of Immigrants Don’t Receive Proper Dental Care

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Hispanic children in Utah are twice as likely to have an untreated cavity compared to children who are not Hispanic.

A recent study by the Hispanic Dental Association on oral health discovered the information.

The data from the study can be explained by cultural differences. Dental hygiene is not valued as highly in other countries as it is in the United States. There are some people who wait until they are in excruciating pain until they decide to visit a dentist. At that point, it may be too late to do all of the procedures necessary to make the teeth as healthy as possible.

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Girl’s Dental Braces Stops Bullies

A girl who faced bullying taunts on a weekly basis for her protruding teeth has scooped an award in recognition of how extensive orthodontic dental work can changes lives.

The Against all Odds award was conceived by the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) to illustrate the power of orthodontic treatment.

Teenager Eva Hulme was seriously affected by the appearance of her teeth and suffered shocking humiliation, facing bullies throughout primary and secondary school.

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Before Packing Your Child’s School Lunch, Do Your Homework

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Parents spend days preparing for their children’s return to school. Many schools now provide a long list of supplies that children are expected to have when they show up. As parents send their kids off for the first day of school, it’s a good idea to put as much thought into what they’re packing in their kids’ lunchboxes as they do into their school supplies.

While parents wouldn’t send children to school with a lunchbox full of candy bars, they might be packing almost as much sugar when they send them off with some of the popular lunch time classics. Considering that most children brush their teeth in the morning and again before bed, the sugar they put in their mouths at lunch time could stay in there for a while, and that worries some dentists.

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