More dentists concerned with staffing shortages than low patient demand

More dentists are concerned with staffing shortages at their practices than low patient demand, according to an October survey from the American Dental Association. 

The poll was taken as part of the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" report. The organization surveyed about 1,167 dentists on which of the two issues they were more concerned with looking ahead into the next six months.


Dental team staffing shortages: 44 percent

Not enough patient demand for care: 40 percent

Neither: 17 percent

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