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Due to the effects of COVID-19, rapidly advancing technology, rising inflation, a restricted labor market, and an aging population requiring more dental care, the dental industry is currently undergoing substantial transformation. To evaluate these changes, here is an exploration of four key trends expected to affect the dental industry in the next few years and beyond.

Connection between oral and overall health.

At a webinar recently hosted by the ADSO on wages, the workforce, and the economy, panelists discussed the importance of oral health and its effect on overall health. Studies have found connections between poor oral health and chronic conditions such as diabetes. It is essential for dental practitioners to stay informed and integrate dental care into the larger healthcare picture in order to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to providing the best patient care.

Technology as a driving force for resiliency and growth.

The American Dental Association’s survey showed that 49% of dentists are planning to invest more in technology over the next two years in anticipation of the wave of technological advances expected to influence and revolutionize dental care by 2023. These developments will increase productivity, improve patient service, and expand access. It is essential that practitioners consider where technology can be used to simplify and enhance the operations of their practices and the care they provide.

Unprecedented labor market presents obstacles in both staffing and retention.

The labor market is still struggling to recover from the effects of COVID-19, which makes it more difficult than ever to attract and retain a skilled workforce. This challenge is likely to persist in the foreseeable future. To keep up with the rising demand for dental services, more dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants are desperately needed. Consequently, finding ways to overcome hiring obstacles will be essential for dental practices to continue providing excellent care in the future.

DSOs as a partner for new dentists.

As dentists face the challenge of juggling marketing, compliance, and financial management, it is becoming more common for them to turn to DSOs for assistance. This is especially beneficial to new dentists, who often find themselves with a large amount of student loan debt and a need to focus on non-clinical administrative tasks. Through this, new dentists can concentrate more on providing quality care to their patients and less on the operational matters that can take away from patient care.