Permian Basin Dentists Seeing a Shortage of Dental Hygienists 10/29/13
October 29th, 2013
Big Spring, Tx
Howard College has the only dental hygienist program in the Permian Basin. With more people moving into the area demand for dentists and dental hygienists is increasing. Graduates of the program could theoretically fill some of the gaps, but many of the students are from other areas such as San Angelo and Abilene, who typically look for work closer to home. One dentists CBS 7 talked to said many dentists he knows have only one hygienist. He says it creates a burden as the dentist must do more, which can affect wait times and appointments for patients.