7 methods dentists are using to hire new staff

Online recruitment staff and word of mouth were the two most effective ways owner dentists used to hire dental hygienists and dental assistants in 2023, according to a poll from the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute.

According to the ADA's monthly "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" survey from December, 45.3% of owner dentists hired at least one dental assistant in 2023, and 32.1% hired at least one dental hygienist. 

Here are the top methods owner dentists used that led to new dental hygienist and dental assistant hires:

Dental society or classified ads: 3.8%

Online recruitment websites: 51.8%

Dental-specific job matching site: 3.2%

Social media: 13%

Local hygiene or assisting programs: 12.1%

Used a staffing agency or recruiter: 10.1%

Word of mouth: 51%

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