Dental practice rolling out on Long Island after COVID helped rot world’s teeth

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Aspen Dental Management, a company that helps dentist
deal with their real estate and back-office issues, is rolling out in Long
Island.

Working with TCSG partner Steve Gillman, the dental support organization has already signed five leases that will become independently-owned and operated dental practices operating under the Aspen Dental flag.

STEVE GILLMAN

“I’ve been working closely with Aspen’s senior team
for several years and during the pandemic we were able to secure locations that
will be great for the doctors,” said Gillman. “Five leases are signed, four are
close to getting done, several more are in the works.”

Each
of the Long Island locations is roughly 3,500 s/f. The unit at 1750 Old Country
Road in Riverhead opened four weeks ago in a Costco anchored center. Nick
Andreadis at Brixmor represented the Riverhead landlord.

750 Hicksville Road in
Massapequa opens in August. A free-standing location (a former bank), the space
was represented by Andrew Aberham of Philips International on behalf of the
landlord.

Commack, at 6079 Jericho
Turnpike, a free-standing building (former Payless location), will be open by
year end or early 2022. Greg Carlin of CBRE represented the landlord.

“I’m focused right now on
Long Island and Staten Island,” said Gillman. “I’m also helping Aspen evaluate
the potential in the boroughs. It’s a tremendous company with many smiling
dentists and patients. It’s been very satisfying getting all these deals done,
mostly during the pandemic. We’re all looking forward now to things getting
back to some sort of normal.”

Aspen
Dental recently opened their 900th location in the United States. They are
currently rolling out 75 locations a year in the US.

It’s rapid expansion comes as
the world faces what experts call “a dental disaster” in the aftermath of the corona
virus on the health of people’s teeth and gums. While untreated conditions were allowed to worsen, lockdowns and work-at-home edicts contributed to
shifting daily habits and behaviors, ultimately impacting people’s oral health. The
FDI says people fell out of the habit of twice-a-day brushing and began
snacking more  while stuck at home.

“Let’s call it for what it
is—a dental disaster,” said Dr Gerhard Konrad Seeberger, president of FDI World
Dental Federation. “Restrictions have certainly played a part in oral health
hesitancy, but they don’t tell the whole story.”

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