Too few dental hygienists in Czech Republic

Despite growing interest in the study of dental hygiene among Czech students, dental clinics across the Czech Republic are facing a serious shortage of hygienists, Czech Radio reported on Sunday.

There are only 1,800 working dental hygienists in the country - four times fewer than there are dentists. Dental nurses are also in low supply.

The shortage is partly the result of the dental hygiene profession being in the early stages of development, the head of the Association of Dental hygienists, Lenka Velebilová, told Czech Radio.

Author: Tom McEnchroe