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Practice Agility Advisor – September 2023 Edition

Practice Agility Advisor - Notable Dental News Setpember 2023


Feds award $15 million contract to Sun Life to lay groundwork for dental care program | Sep 6, 2023

The Canadian federal government has awarded a contract valued at up to $15 million to Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada to lay the groundwork for a new national dental insurance plan. Read More


Organized dentistry leaders share how more voices can sustain momentum for dental insurance reforms | Sep 8, 2023

Dentists in the United States have successfully worked with state dental societies and the American Dental Association (ADA) to enact 149 new state laws in favour of dentists and patients between 2018 and 2023. These reforms include laws related to assignment of benefits, retroactive denials, virtual credit cards, prior authorization, and network leasing, simplifying claim processing and strengthening the position of dental professionals. Read More


New dental therapy program hopes to address needs in rural and remote communities | Sep 11, 2023

The University of Saskatchewan has launched Canada’s first Bachelor of Science in Dental Therapy program, aiming to improve access to dental care in Saskatchewan, particularly in Northern and Indigenous communities. The program aims to address oral health needs in underserved regions, with a focus on recruiting Indigenous students and offering career paths for dental aides and assistants. Read More


World Patient Safety Day | Sep 15, 2023

On World Patient Safety Day, it’s highlighted that dentists in Ontario prioritize patient safety by following Infection Prevention And Control (IPAC) standards set by regulatory bodies, including screening patients for medical history, practicing hand hygiene, and using PPE. They also emphasize equipment sterilization and continuous learning to stay updated on IPAC techniques.
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Saskatoon dentist threatened women with legal action for bad online reviews | Sep 19, 2023

Two Saskatchewan women reported a dental clinic’s hired marketing company for pressuring them to remove negative online reviews. The privacy commissioner ruled that the clinic’s employee had breached their privacy by accessing their information while managing the business’s online reputation, calling for an end to such practices. Read More


World’s 1st drug to regrow teeth enters clinical trials | Sep 25, 2023

A Japanese pharmaceutical startup, Toregem Biopharma, is set to begin human trials for a drug that successfully regrew teeth in animal tests. The drug, developed to block a specific gene called USAG-1, showed promise in mice and ferret trials, and if clinical trials on humans go well, it could potentially offer a new option for people with tooth loss by 2030. Read More


“Esteemed leader” in Canadian dental industry killed in coastal BC community | Sep 27, 2023

Henry Doyle, the President of the Dental Industry Association of Canada (DIAC), is being remembered as an esteemed leader in the dental industry after his suspicious death in BC on September 23, 2023. Read More

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