Helping underserved communities

We were happy to be featured in this story in the Arizona Business Daily about helping to serve dental patients in underserved communities.

The story zeroed in on the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and its efforts to foster a service component in its training of dentists.

They noted the role of companies like ours in allowing community-minded young dentists to thrive in their first jobs.

Mike Peters, chief operating partner at KOS Services, which manages the business operations for groups of dental practices across the country, including the Dental Dreams brand, agrees that these practices (are important) in today's climate. “At a time when there is a shortage of dentists nationally and only a fraction of dental practices like ours offer services to Medicaid patients, hiring the number of dentists needed to meet the high demand for dental services at our offices can be a challenge,” Peters told Arizona Business Daily. “We find that there is a common misconception that working at a dental practice that focuses its efforts and resources on serving disadvantaged communities is somehow less profitable."

Peters added that Dental Dreams spends lots of time working with dental schools.

Peters said Dental Dreams devotes significant resources to working with dental schools and associations to reach out to students and practicing dentists to emphasize the benefits of working in underserved communities.

We are always happy to see our efforts recognized and, more importantly, that we find homes for young, enthusiastic dentists eager to serve their communities.