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    DentaQuest Finalizes Acquisition of Advantage Dental, Creating Partnership to Enhance Oral Health Across the US

    Oral health leaders unite to advance value-based care in pursuit of the Triple Aim

    BOSTON –  Today, Boston-based DentaQuest announced that it has completed its acquisition of Advantage Dental following the receipt of the Oregon Division of Financial Regulation’s approval and the expiration of a 60-day waiting period. DentaQuest now has a majority stake in Advantage Dental and will be working closely with the company’s more than 300 dentist-owners to leverage best practices and grow the unique model of care.
    “We are excited to launch this partnership with Advantage Dental, allowing DentaQuest to further strengthen its focus on promoting prevention and improving population health,” said Steve Pollock, president and CEO of DentaQuest. “Advantage Dental serves as a model in Oregon and now will play a critical role in helping our organization improve the oral health of all across the country.”
    Founded in 1994, Advantage Dental provides Oregonians with access to quality dental care that promotes disease prevention, so they can avoid unnecessary, expensive restorative procedures later. The organization is the largest dental accountable care organization (DCO) serving over 300,000 Medicaid patients. DentaQuest serves 24 million people in the U.S. It is also the largest and most experienced oral health company in the Medicaid space. The organizations plan to leverage their combined expertise to advance value-based care in pursuit of the Triple Aim, as well as further integrate oral health into person-centered care models.
    “We founded Advantage Dental to address the critical need for better oral health in Oregon and to deliver that care in an innovative way,” said Dr. Mike Shirtcliff, president and founder of Advantage Dental. “Through our partnership with DentaQuest, we look forward to continuing the important work of increasing access to quality care that improves both oral and overall health outcomes.”
    For more information on DentaQuest, visit For more information on Advantage Dental, visit
    About DentaQuest
    Based in Boston, Mass., DentaQuest ( is the largest oral health company in the Medicaid space. Along with its charitable DentaQuest Foundation, its clinical DentaQuest Care Group and its educational DentaQuest Institute, its mission is to improve the oral health of all. Follow DentaQuest on Twitter @dentaquest, Facebook at and LinkedIn at, and subscribe to our blog, Oral Health Matters at
    About Advantage Dental
    Advantage Dental, based in Redmond, Ore., was established in 1994 to provide dental leadership, service and access to care in Oregon communities in a sustainable, entrepreneurial and professional manner. For more information about Advantage Dental, visit or contact Michelle Lauerman at