Eddie Crouch, president of the British Dental Association, says that “there is no doubt that Covid-19 is the biggest challenge facing the global dental profession. He also points out that the effects of the pandemic on dentistry will not end with Covid-19 itself. The repercussions are likely to continue for many, many years. Covid-19 has exposed some serious problems with the industry.
Elements that were previously unstable (dental inequality, for example) have been broken by the pandemic. Rebuilding and reforming the industry will be a major challenge for current and future dentists. Most people go into dentistry to fix their mouths, not to compile spreadsheets. However, dental offices are businesses and businesses need a lot of managers.
As you progress in your career, you'll find yourself devoting more and more time to business administration. Dental office owners often spend more time looking at their paperwork than looking at their teeth. This is often a challenge, and not just because business administration isn't exactly fun. The business skills that many dentists need are generally not taught in dental school.
To combat this challenge, it's worth looking for business courses. You can find useful information about courses related to dental office administration in our continuing education section. To avoid patient complaints and malpractice claims, it's important to keep your skills up to date and recognize when you're not ready for a given procedure. There is no shame in passing cases with which you are not comfortable with another person.
The important thing is that the patient receives the best possible care. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, working with your patients has never been more difficult than in the past two years in your dental office. Not only do you have to deal with the fact that your patients are the main source of infection for you and your team, especially with the way the coronavirus is transmitted. The impact of the pandemic on your dental office doesn't end the burden of additional requirements and regulations.
As the long-term effects of the pandemic continue, you will also need to keep up to date with all updates from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), changes to mask requirements, and new vaccination mandates. The United States has the largest immigrant population in the world, with more than 45 million foreign-born people living in the country. It is very diverse with almost every ethnicity in the world represented among the United States, S. Studies have shown that dental characteristics differ across ethnicities.
As the number of immigrants in the United States increases every year, it is difficult for dentists to constantly update their skills to be able to deal with the dental problems of patients of all ethnicities who come to them for treatment.