The 4 Factors that Change the Economics of Pediatric Dentistry

Many dentists believe that treating pediatric patients has no economic advantage. That thinking is outmoded, charges Roger G. Sanger, DDS, MS. Here's a summary of Sanger's "Pedonomics" article from the April 2015 issue of Dental Economics:

  • Four factors that change the economics of pediatric dentistry:
    1. By 2020, more than 25% of the U.S. population—approximately 80 million—will be under age 18.
    2. Dental caries is the leading childhood disease—nearing epidemic proportions.
    3. More and more children are covered under dental insurance plans.
    4. Only 3% of dentists specialize in pediatrics—demand exceeds supply.
  • Look at your numbers in terms of profitability per unit of chair time instead of just highest percentage of fees or highest revenue per case. In this model, proficiency (technique relative to competency and quality) and efficiency are critical.
  • If you see children with a high incidence of caries, you can "create a comprehensive rehabilitation practice with high revenue from pulpal therapy and crown placement."

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