Rural practices more likely to lack appointments due to staff vacancies: ADA

Dental practices in the suburbs were less affected by staff vacancies when it came to filling their appointment schedules than urban or rural practices, according to a recent poll by the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.

The ADA surveyed 1,883 dentists for its January "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" poll. 

Percentage of practices who were unable to fill their appointment schedules 100 percent because of staff vacancies, according to geographic setting:

Rural: 35.3 percent

Top 20 cities: 34.4 percent

Other urban: 33.4 percent

Suburban: 21.2 percent

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