The dentist-to-population ratio has been declining since 1995, more dentists will be leaving than entering the workforce.
Population projections through 2025 are approximately +20% in the U.S. and +16% in Canada.
With people living longer and improved oral health, the number of teeth to be cared for is increasing at a faster rate than the population.
Of occupational exposure injuries in dentistry, 31% occur during instrument clean-up.
Source: Journal of Dental Education Vol. 65, No. 6, Trends in Dentistry and Dental Education, Bureau of Labor Statistics, ADA 2003 Workforce Model 2001-2025, ADA News, Journal of Dental Education Vol. 65, No.5, Occupational Exposures to Blood in a Dental Teaching Environment: Results of a Ten-Year Surveillance Study
The first step is to establish a protocol that allows for efficient processing from chairside through storage, that will not only be more effective – it will reduce instrument wear, provide safer techniques, and increase productivity.