Dental offices lost 1,500 jobs between February and March 2022,1 underscoring the reality that no health-care sector is immune to the Great Resignation. And while most dental practices say they’re managing, more than 90% of dentists recruiting dental hygienists say it has been extremely or very challenging, and nearly 90% of dentists indicate the same for recruiting dental assistants, according to recent figures from the American Dental Association (ADA) Health Policy Institute (HPI).1
This raises questions for solo as well as multilocation practices that want to stay profitable. For example: How can dental practices better retain their staff? And what will dental practices need to do to attract the right future talent?
But the most important question is this: What can dental practices do to adapt to new norms as staffing strains continue?