7 dental workforce updates

Here are seven dental workforce updates Becker's has reported on since March 3:

1. A coalition of dental organizations urged the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to address challenges contributing to workforce shortages in the dental industry.

2. North Central Michigan College in Petoskey created a nine-week accelerated dental assistant program to address labor shortages.

3. Nevada legislators are considering a three-bill package to incentivize dentists and doctors to practice in rural areas of the state.

4. A new law in Colorado will allow the state to begin licensing dental therapists, but a lack of training and resources could hinder the state's ability to bring enough in.

5. Patients of a Kentucky dental practice have to wait months for an appointment due to ongoing dental workforce shortages.

6. The Wisconsin Dental Association launched a social media campaign to help decrease dental workforce shortages.

7. Dental hygienist is the position dentists are having the most difficulty recruiting at their practices, according to a February poll from the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.

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