6 operating costs increasing at dental practices

Supplies, staff wages and rent are a few expenses with a higher price tag this year for dental practices, according to an August poll by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute. 

The poll was taken as part of the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" report. The HPI surveyed about 1,200 dentists on their operating expenses, according to a Sept. 8 news release.

Here is the percentage of dentists who experienced increasing costs at their dental practices:

Supplies and materials

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 26 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 42 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 27 percent

Staff wages

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 16 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 31 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 44 percent

Lab fees

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 8 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 27 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 47 percent

PPE

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 31 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 27 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 22 percent

Equipment

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 13 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 30 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 34 percent

Rent/mortgage

  • Increased more than 20 percent: 4 percent
  • Increased 11-20 percent: 8 percent
  • Increased 1-10 percent: 27 percent

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