Five dentists have been laid off in the US after the healthcare sector fell off the radar.
It is the latest blow for the sector as the recovery from the Great Recession has not been enough to keep the workforce in work.
A group of dentists announced their departure in the latest survey from the American Dental Association.
“The recent announcement of a new dental insurance company, DENT, has created a significant uncertainty for our members and is likely to cause significant hardship for our patients,” the dentists said in a statement.
The dentists who have left include Dr William H. Jaffe, MD, chief executive officer of The Dentist, and Dr Robert H. DeCoster, MD.
DeCoster will take over the duties of Dr H.
Jaffe, who will also remain on as the president of The Dental Institute.
Meanwhile, the American Society of Anesthesiologists announced a voluntary recall of all dental equipment.
Its chief executive, Robert W. Johnson, said the move is aimed at ensuring all members of the profession have access to appropriate equipment to prevent future accidents.
Johnson told the Associated Press news agency the recall is aimed not only at dentists, but to prevent a potential explosion of dental equipment over the next year.
Dentists have said they have been unable to replace equipment that has gone missing in the past.
Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating claims that a number of dentistry clinics had sold “cheap” dental care without any dental experience.
In the UK, there are fears that the dentistry sector may collapse because of the financial fallout.
Earlier this month, dentists in England announced they were being told to prepare to close because of financial hardship.
And the British Medical Association (BMA) said it had seen an increase in calls from patients with pre-existing conditions, particularly those who had had surgery, following the coronavirus pandemic.