Notice of Data Security Incident

Oak Ridge, TN, July 1, 2024

We are writing to inform you of a recent incident that may have involved some of your personal information held by Core Dental Health. While we are unaware of any actual misuse of your information, we are providing you with information about the incident, our response, and steps you may take to better protect against the possibility of identity theft and fraud, should you feel it is necessary to do so.

Description of the Incident and Information Involved

We determined that on or about March 14, 2024, an unauthorized individual gained access to our system and began making configuration changes.  On April 24, 2024, we became aware of the intrusion when our IT/MSP became aware of abnormal activity and found that we were the victim of a cyber-attack.   During our investigation of this incident, we discovered that the attacker gained access to a data folder that contained sensitive and patient information according to the forensic report dated May 10, 2024.    

Our Investigation and How We are Responding to the Incident

We take the protection of the privacy and security of your personal health information very seriously. Upon discovery of this incident, we initiated an internal investigation. We have concluded from our internal investigation that data that was accessed may include your name, date of birth and possibly dental treatment history of a limited number of patient files.   Additionally, the Medicaid number may have been accessed on a limited number of patients who have Medicaid coverage which is the social security number.

In response to this incident, we contacted the FBI, which is currently investigating the matter. We also retained third -party forensic experts to assist in our investigation of this incident.  We are also working with a cybersecurity consultant.

We carefully reviewed our internal data management and protocols and have already implemented enhanced security measures to help prevent this type of incident from reoccurring.

In the abundance of caution and to help relieve concerns and restore confidence following this incident, we are offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to all potentially-affected individuals.  On July 1, 2024, Core Dental Health mailed personalized notification letters to the affected individuals that provide instructions on how to enroll in those services.

What You Can Do

We take this incident and the security of personal information in our care seriously. If you have additional questions, representatives are available for 90 days from the date of this notice to assist you with questions regarding this incident, between the hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

Again, at this time, there is no evidence that your information has been misused. However, we encourage you to remain vigilant against incidents of identity theft and fraud, to review your account statements, and to monitor your credit reports for suspicious or unauthorized activity.

For More Information

If you have additional questions, representatives are available 90 days from the date of this notice to assist you with questions regarding the incident, between the hours of 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the following toll-free number: (888) 840-2050. 


Jesse Ellsworth, DMD

Core Dental Health

What Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself

Although we are not aware of any misuse of your personal health information, we advise you to remain vigilant and consider taking the following steps.

Review your credit reports. We recommend that you remain vigilant by reviewing account statements and monitoring credit reports. Under federal law, you also are entitled every 12 months to one free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting companies. To obtain a free annual credit report, go to or call 1-877-322-8228. You may wish to stagger your requests so that you receive a free report by one of the three credit bureaus every four months.

If you discover any suspicious items and have enrolled in IDX identity protection, notify them immediately by calling or by logging into the IDX website and filing a request for help.

If you file a request for help or report suspicious activity, you will be contacted by a member of our ID Care team who will help you determine the cause of the suspicious items. In the unlikely event that you fall victim to identity theft as a consequence of this incident, you will be assigned an ID Care Specialist who will work on your behalf to identify, stop and reverse the damage quickly.

You should also know that you have the right to file a police report if you ever experience identity fraud. Please note that in order to file a crime report or incident report with law enforcement for identity theft, you will likely need to provide some kind of proof that you have been a victim. A police report is often required to dispute fraudulent items. You can report suspected incidents of identity theft to local law enforcement or to the Attorney General.

Place Fraud Alerts with the three credit bureaus. If you choose to place a fraud alert, we recommend you do this after activating your credit monitoring. You can place a fraud alert at one of the three major credit bureaus by phone and also via Experian’s or Equifax’s website. A fraud alert tells creditors to follow certain procedures, including contacting you, before they open any new accounts or change your existing accounts. For that reason, placing a fraud alert can protect you, but also may delay you when you seek to obtain credit. The contact information for all three bureaus is as follows:

Credit Bureaus 

Equifax Fraud Reporting
P.O. Box 105069
Atlanta, GA 30348-5069

Experian Fraud Reporting
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013

TransUnion Fraud Reporting
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000

It is necessary to contact only ONE of these bureaus and use only ONE of these methods. As soon as one of the three bureaus confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place alerts on their records as well. You will receive confirmation letters in the mail and will then be able to order all three credit reports, free of charge, for your review. An initial fraud alert will last for one year.

Please Note: No one is allowed to place a fraud alert on your credit report except you.

Security Freeze. By placing a security freeze, someone who fraudulently acquires your personal identifying information will not be able to use that information to open new accounts or borrow money in your name. You will need to contact the three national credit reporting bureaus listed above to place the freeze. Keep in mind that when you place the freeze, you will not be able to borrow money, obtain instant credit, or get a new credit card until you temporarily lift or permanently remove the freeze. There is no cost to freeze or unfreeze your credit files.

You can obtain additional information about the steps you can take to avoid identity theft from the following agencies. The Federal Trade Commission also encourages those who discover that their information has been misused to file a complaint with them.

California Residents: Visit the California Office of Privacy Protection ( for additional information on protection against identity theft. Office of the Attorney General of California, 1300 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, Telephone: 1-800-952-5225.

Kentucky Residents: Office of the Attorney General of Kentucky, 700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118 Frankfort, Kentucky 40601,, Telephone: 1-502-696-5300.

Maryland Residents: Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, Consumer Protection Division 200 St. Paul Place Baltimore, MD 21202,, Telephone: 1-888-743-0023.

New Mexico Residents: You have rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, such as the right to be told if information in your credit file has been used against you, the right to know what is in your credit file, the right to ask for your credit score, and the right to dispute incomplete or inaccurate information. Further, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the consumer reporting agencies must correct or delete inaccurate, incomplete, or unverifiable information; consumer reporting agencies may not report outdated negative information; access to your file is limited; you must give your consent for credit reports to be provided to employers; you may limit “prescreened” offers of credit and insurance you get based on information in your credit report; and you may seek damages from a violator. You may have additional rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act not summarized here. Identity theft victims and active duty military personnel have specific additional rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act. You can review your rights pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act by visiting, or by writing Consumer Response Center, Room 130-A, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20580.

New York Residents: the Attorney General may be contacted at: Office of the Attorney General, The Capitol, Albany, NY 12224-0341; 1-800-771-7755;

North Carolina Residents: Office of the Attorney General of North Carolina, 9001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-9001,, Telephone: 1-919-716-6400.

Oregon Residents: Oregon Department of Justice, 1162 Court Street NE, Salem, OR 97301-4096,, Telephone: 1-877-877-9392

Rhode Island Residents: Office of the Attorney General, 150 South Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903,, Telephone: 1-401-274-4400

All US Residents: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20580,, 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338), TTY: 1-866-653-4261.