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Weekly Top 5: A prepandemic-level surge in dental care

Aug. 28, 2021
This week: Major dental suppliers report a doubling of sales over spring 2020; help for on-the-job pain.

By the numbers: At this point in the pandemic, dominant dental manufacturers and suppliers report sales of close to or above 2019 levels, with the Dentsply Sirona CEO telling investors he predicts the “dental community has learned to deal with” the potential of another shutdown. (Yahoo News)

Patient perspective: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one out of two American adults over the age of 30 has periodontal disease. Here, a dentist breaks down the many causes of gum disease, and seven early warning signs your patients should look for.

Personal and professional wellness: Pain in hygiene is prevalent—nearly all hygienists report pain due to repetitive movements, bending, twisting, reaching, and more. This new article on ergonomics offers helpful tips on incorporating simple strategies in the operatory to help relieve your daily discomfort.

ICYMI: After we recently featured an article on firing dental patients, Dr. David Rice, chief editor of DentistryIQ, followed up with a video about the issue. Check it out for some commonsense tips on handling the situation when you know it's time to cut ties.

The big picture: On the flip side, the best outcome is neither patient nor dentist needing to end the relationship. Attracting and keeping patients is among every practice’s top to-dos—check out our top 10 list of ways to do just that.