Dentistry’s rebound continues with 90% of practices now open for elective care as of June 1, according to the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) biweekly poll. Only 3% of practices were open in early April, increasing to 65% in mid-May.
HPI further notes that 77% of dentists fully paid their staff for the week of June 1, though employee dentists aren’t being hired back as rapidly as other staff. Patient volume has increased from 38% the week of May 18 to 58% the week of June 1.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) stockpiles are growing in dental offices as well, with 8% of offices saying they don’t have any N95 or KN95 masks, decreasing from 15% two weeks ago and 31% in early May.
Nearly two-thirds of dentists additionally reported that their appointment schedule is at least half full, with 8% fully booked for June.
Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that dental offices added 245,000 jobs in May after losing 503,000 in April.