A wellness survey found that about 86% of dentists surveyed reported they were satisfied with their dental practice, with 95% reported feeling respected by the people they work with.
However, employees in a private dental practice were less likely than partners to be satisfied, and younger dentists reported feeling respected less often compared to older dentists, according to the 2021 Dentist Well-Being Survey Report, which provides insights on dentists’ physical, mental and emotional health.
Results from the 2021 survey, released on Jan. 31, indicate younger dentists continue to be disproportionately affected by mental and emotional health concerns. This age group was less likely to feel in control of their work environment, reported higher level of stress at work and scored higher on a depression scale.
“Younger dentists, who may benefit from additional support, were least likely to be aware of a state dentist well-being program available through their dental association,” according to the report.
Key findings from the well-being survey include:
About 1,000 dentists participated in the 2021 survey.
The results highlights the importance of the State Well-Being Program Directory, which began over 25 years ago. The program provides peer assistance with dentists available to help each other with personal challenges.
To receive a copy of the State Well-Being Program Directory, email the Council on Dental Practice at email@example.com or visit the ADA Catalog. To view the full 2021 Dentist Well-Being Survey Report, visit the ADA Store.