Dentistry 2011: Another year of challenge and change
From the impact of the economic recession on patient visits and access to care to the growing prevalence of social media and debates over what treatments dental professionals should and shouldn't provide, 2011 brought the dental community a host of political, legal, clinical, and technological surprises — and a growing sense that oral health is gaining a higher profile in the global consciousness. By most accounts, the U.S. economy has begun to turn a corner, with estimates of a modest return to growth and profitability for the dental industry in 2012. But fallout from the recession continues, with Medicaid cutbacks in state after state making an increasing number of adults unable to obtain dental care.
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