Staffing is the top challenge facing dentists

Staffing is the top challenge dentists anticipate facing within the next six months, with 66.3 percent of dentists citing it as a concern, according to a recent poll from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

The poll, consisting of responses from over 1,000 dentists, was taken as part of the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" report. 

Other challenges include:

Inflation/overhead/rising costs: 40.2 percent

Insurance or Medicaid issues/low reimbursement: 39.1 percent

Performance of U.S. economy: 13.4 percent

Increasing/maintaining patient volume: 13 percent

Maintaining/increasing production and cash flow: 12.1 percent 

Patient cancellations or no-shows/scheduling: 9.5 percent

Patient ability to pay for/accept treatment: 8.6 percent 

Avoiding burnout of self and/or staff: 3.9 percent

COVID-19-related/other government regulations and protocols: 3.2 percent

More patients than manageable/high demand for care: 2.9 percent

Supply chain issues/shortages: 2.7 percent 

Keeping staff and self happy: 2.7 percent 

Staff wages/compensation/benefits: 2.6 percent

Practice transition/retirement: 2.5 percent

Competition with other dentists/corporate dentistry: 2.1 percent

Learning/implementing new technology/equipment: 1.3 percent

Business/practice management: 1.1 percent

More COVID-19 cases/new variants: 0.9 percent

Marketing/advertising: 0.7 percent

Administrative burden: 0.7 percent

Patients afraid to return: 0.3 percent

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