Dental practices are preparing for the next crisis, medically and financially

As vaccination rates increase and their patients return, dental practices are not simply going back to the way things were before the pandemic. In fact, most are working to ensure their business will be ready in case of another crisis, industry leaders say.

The state’s shutdown of elective procedures between March and June affected dental practices too, and it wasn’t until late that summer that patients were willing to once again visit dentists, said Dr. Craig Ratner, president of the New York State Dental Association, which represents over 12,000 members.

“With at least three months of nearly no income, dentists struggled having to pay staff and keep the

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