Nearly 1 in 5 dental practices are shut down due to pandemic, survey finds

Nineteen percent of dentists said their offices are closed completely, while 76 percent said their offices were only treating emergency patients during the pandemic, according to an American Dental Association Health Policy Institute biweekly poll.

Nearly 70,000 dentists from across the U.S. were asked to participate in the poll, with 19,155 respondents for the week of March 23.

When asked if their dental practice staff was getting paid for that week of work, 27 percent of dentists reported paying staff in full, while 45 percent said staff received partial pay and 28 percent did not pay any staff.

Of dentists surveyed from DSO-owned practices, 34.6 percent weren't paying staff, while 27.6 percent of dentists surveyed from non-DSO practices weren't paying staff.

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