Why dentists should get out of the dentist’s chair
More than a quarter of Americans are dissatisfied with their dental care, and more than half have been dissatisfied with dentists in the past year, according to a recent Pew Research Center survey.
But many of the dentists who have become dissatisfied with the care they received while they worked in the field are not getting the kind of care they need to maintain dental health.
A new study by a team of researchers at the University of Southern California suggests that dentists might be doing the right thing by not giving up the day-to-day care of dentistry altogether.
The study was published online in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
Researchers found that the dental profession is in need of significant investment to improve patient care and increase quality.
“The dental profession needs to develop new ways to better engage dentists, improve communication between dentists and patients, and develop and deploy a better-informed dental workforce,” said Dr. Matthew Neely, a professor of pediatrics at the university and lead author of the study.
Dentists who are dissatisfied by the level of care provided should seek out alternative providers, such as chiropractors, podiatrists and physical therapists, according the authors.
These alternative care providers have an opportunity to provide services that are more affordable and effective, but the dentist’s primary role should still remain in the dental office, said Dr John W. Matson, the study’s senior author and an associate professor of dental surgery at the USC School of Medicine.
Dr Matson said the study was a continuation of a previous study that found that dentistry was among the most highly-complicated occupations for dentists to be in.
He added that the dentistry profession is a difficult profession to transition from one job to the next, which is why the dental industry has to invest in a new generation of dentists.
Many dentists are looking to improve their dental skills and the quality of their care, said Wanda K. Zuber, a visiting scholar at the American Association of University Women and a professor at the National School of Dental Hygiene at the Johns Hopkins University School of Dentistry.
She said that the study offers an opportunity for dentistry to take a critical look at how it prepares dentists for a future in which it is not only the primary care providers but also the health care providers that are providing care.
In a separate study published last year, the researchers found that one in five dentists felt that they are not adequately compensated.
Although the research presented in the new study focused on the dentary profession, the findings from both studies are relevant to the workforce as well, according Matson.
For example, the research suggests that more dentists could potentially find it difficult to secure and maintain a stable position in the profession if they do not have the skills necessary to effectively perform that role, Matson added.
More than one in three dentists said that they felt that the quality and quantity of care delivered to them is not adequate.
However, the new survey also found that there are some benefits to working in a dental office.
Survey participants were given the opportunity to complete a survey on their experience with a variety of health care services, including dental care and nursing care, as well as some aspects of their personal life.
Respondents were asked how often they had dental care over the past four years, how often dentists had the opportunity, and whether or not they had access to a dental appointment.
At the end of the survey, the respondents were also asked about their expectations for future dental care.
“I would think that working in the denting field could help dentists learn about the types of services they need and also to help them to better understand what the health outcomes of patients can look like,” said Zuber.
It is not yet clear whether the survey results will be used to determine if dental students should pursue a degree in dental medicine.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, dentists earn a median annual salary of $78,200 and a median hourly wage of $14.85, and dentists with a bachelor’s degree earn a salary of about $77,800.
Follow Stories Like This Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.