One in two dental professionals say finances are biggest concern, survey reveals

More than one in two (53%) dental professionals said financial worries were having the biggest impact on their mental health during the pandemic, a survey revealsMore than one in two (53%) dental professionals said financial worries were having the biggest impact on their mental health in the face of COVID-19.

This is according to a new survey carried out by Dental Protection looking at key factors affecting dentists’ mental wellbeing.

A lack of work and a shortage of PPE were cited as causes of concern by nearly two fifths of the nearly 500 professionals surveyed.

And the research also reveals that dentists are more concerned about their patients’ health than their own. A significant 43% said concern for their patients is having the biggest effect on their mental wellbeing.

In comparison, the survey found 34% are worried about their own health.

Although practices have been given the green light to reopen on Monday 8 June, many continue to voice financial concerns.

Christina Chatfield, of Dental Health Spa in Brighton, says government grants are still crucial to help private dentistry get back up and running. 

‘Many practices are struggling to get hold of the PPE required. They now can’t afford the inflated costs after 10 weeks with zero income,’ she said.

Evident and concerning

Last week, Dental Protection reassured its member they would continue to be supported if they made the decision to return to work.

‘Dentists are among the most dedicated healthcare professionals in the world,’ said Raj Rattan, dental director at Dental Protection.

‘I am not surprised that so many have put the concerns of their patients’ health before their own in this survey.

‘The extent to which financial worries are impacting on our members’ mental wellbeing is also evident and concerning. We hope that the subscription relief we have provided has made some difference, along with access to counselling.

‘Many dentists have been hard-hit by the loss of income in recent months with the private sector most affected. It is difficult to predict how long it will take before practice activity returns to pre-pandemic levels.

‘We want to reassure all members that Dental Protection is here to offer support. In the event of a claim, complaint, or related inquiry arising from your decision to re-open, we are here.’

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