5 numbers making the dental industry nervous

Here are five stats — as reported by Becker's in 2022 — that could lead to future roadblocks in the dental industry:

11 percent: Eleven percent of dentists plan to retire in the next two years.

73 percent: The percentage of dentists who own practices fell to 73 percent in 2021 from 84.7 percent in 2005, according to the American Dental Association.

1.8 percent: The industry average level of overall satisfaction regarding dental plans has dropped 1.8 percent from 2021, according to the "J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Dental Plan Satisfaction Study."

74.3 percent: According to a survey conducted the week of May 16 by the American Dental Association, 39.8 percent of dental professionals said they were actively recruiting hygienists. Also, 74.3 percent said the recruiting process was "extremely challenging."

18.7 percent: The number of dental assisting graduates dropped 18.7 percent over five years, according to the American Dental Association's "Dental Education Program Enrollment and Graduates Report: 2021-22."

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