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Practice Agility Advisor – February 2023 Edition

Notable Dental News February 2023


Celebrating Black History Month | February 1, 2023

February is Black History Month. The ODA is proud to share the accomplishments of Black dental pioneers from Canada and the United States. Take a moment to learn about the incredible work of these individuals. Read More


Should I join a DSO? |  February 1, 2023

As solo dental practices become less common, the ADA Health Policy Institute estimates that more dentists will gravitate toward group practices. Dental support organizations — commonly known as DSOs — are entities that offer administrative, marketing and nonclinical support to dental practices. More than 10% of all dentists are affiliated with a DSO, according to research published last year. Read More


Poor oral health may affect the brain later in life: early study | February 4, 2023

An early study has shown keeping your gums and teeth healthy may have added benefits for your brain health. Preliminary research was presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, suggesting adults who are genetically prone to poor oral health could be at a greater risk of showing signs of declining brain health. Read More


HPI poll: Nearly three out of four dentists plan to raise their fees in 2023 | February 6, 2023

Nearly three out of four dentists plan to raise their fees in 2023, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute’s January Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry Poll. Other commonly reported plans include hiring more staff and dropping out of some insurance networks. Read more


Dr. Meeks paves the way by leading Maryland’s first dental clinic for patients with HIV, AIDS | February 12, 2023

The clinic was established in 1989 and has been a saving grace for thousands of Marylanders. She has also served in Brazil, Nigeria, and Germany, and helped to establish a dental school in Rwanda. Read more


Local dentist recognized for donating over $100,000 of free dental care | February 16, 2023

Dr. Raj Khanuja of Headwaters Dental sponsored free dental care days for those who couldn’t afford it, providing $104,000 worth of care. The free clinics do not require an application or proof that clients cannot pay. Read More


‘It honestly does feel like you’re playing’: Augmented reality dental simulators unveiled at Sask. University | February 18, 2023

Five new, state-of-the-art dental simulator machines have been installed at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Dentistry, the first of their kind in Canada. These innovative machines designed by a company in the Netherlands will give the college a competitive advantage in their training. Read More


Lake Manitoba First Nation celebrates grand opening of new health center | February 22, 2023

Lake Manitoba First Nation celebrated the grand opening of their new health center with prayers, ceremony, and a tour. Dedicated spaces have been created for physician services, mental health, pharmacy, dental care, and foot care, as well as a culturally safe space for patients. Read More



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