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Eighth Wave of HPI Poll Shows Dental Care Rebound Slowing Down

July 10, 2020
by ADA News

Patient volume has recovered to an average of 70% of pre-COVID-19 levels, though there are signs the rebound is slowing down, according to data from the ADA Health Policy Institute impact of COVID-19 poll for the week of June 29.

The poll received 4,371 responses from dentists across the United States. In the 27 states that have been open for elective care for at least nine weeks, patient volume continues to increase, but at much lower rates than in previous weeks. Staffing levels in dental offices is stabilizing, with employment in the dental sector recovering to about 90% of pre-COVID-19 levels. However, re-hiring of employee dentists continue to lag behind the pace of dental staff re-hiring. The Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed employment in dental offices in June was at 90% of pre-COVID-19 levels, in line with data from HPI’s survey.

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