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Authors from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Association recently published the paper “Employment Patterns of Dental Hygienists in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Update” with survey results from dental hygienist participants conducted from September 2020 to August 2021.

Authors from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Association recently published the paper “Employment Patterns of Dental Hygienists in the United States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Update” with survey results from dental hygienist participants conducted from September 2020 to August 2021. Published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene, the authors reported that 4.9% of participants were no longer working as dental hygienists, with most—74.1%—stating they left the profession voluntarily. Apprehension regarding their own safety and the safety of others was noted as the main reason dental hygienists were no longer practicing. The authors surmise that the dental hygiene workforce may have lost more than 3,000 professionals.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2022; 20(3)11.

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