Is dentistry’s COVID-19 recovery retracting?

COVID-19 appears to still have a hold on dentistry. The number of dental practices operating under “business as usual” conditions has declined slightly each month since July 2021, according to new poll data released by the ADA’s Health Policy Institute (HPI).

For the week of October 11, 62% of dentists reported their practices were open and operating as usual. That figure has ticked down each month since the week of July 12, when it was 68%. The results from HPI’s U.S. COVID-19 impact poll of 1,461 dentists were released on October 25. HPI has conducted a regular poll since the start of the pandemic on the economic effects on dentists.

For that same period in October, 37% of dental practices were open but had lower patient volumes than normal. In July, this number was 31%, according to HPI.

However, the status of dental practices varied depending on their location in the U.S. North Dakota was the only state in which 100% of dentists reported that their practices were open and operating as usual during the week of October 11. Missouri followed closely behind with 89% of dentists reporting their offices were open and operating normally.

Source: Is dentistry’s COVID-19 recovery retracting? / Dr. Bicuspid

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