Amid the ripple effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the landscape of dental practice is experiencing unprecedented change, including an increase in the presence and influence of dental support organizations (DSOs). When the pandemic hit and the shutdown took effect, many dental practices closed their doors entirely, while others remained open to provide limited emergency care only. Practices of all sizes were affected; however, thanks to economies of scale, DSOs were able to react to the resulting economic challenges in a way that many smaller private practices could not.
Dentists leading the charge
By Andrew Smith, Executive Director, ADSO
A deeper appreciation for the mouth-body connection will be the defining trend for our industry in 2022. Simply put, the mouth-body connection is the idea that what happens in the mouth affects a person’s overall well-being. Like eating healthy and taking care of one’s mental health, people also need to maintain proper oral health. For years, the dental industry has understood that dentistry is integral to health care, as opposed to a separate function.
Now, due to the diligence and commitment of dentists during the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing a larger recognition of the mouth-body connection throughout the greater health care landscape. One example of health and dental integration is the visibility of oral care, as the industry has embraced teledentistry and the ability for dentists to administer vaccinations.
About the ADSO
ADSO member organizations support a practice environment where dentists have the ability to choose the administrative services which best allows them to focus on patients, expand access to quality dental care and improve the oral health of their communities.
Association of Dental Support Organizations
1800 M Street, NW 400S
Washington, DC 20036