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2010 Technology and Social Media Survey

Reports the use of technology in the professional and personal lives of dentists in private practice, including Internet and e-mail use, technology for continuing education, use of practice Web site, and social media, among other technology topics.

Available as a free download to ADA members.

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Survey of Legal Provisions for Delegating Intraoral Functions to Chairside Assistants and Dental Hygienists

Summarizes data from each state board of dentistry concerning the legal provisions in their licensing jurisdiction permitting the delegating of functions to dental assistants and hygienists. Reports available from the late 1970s-present.

Latest edition (2010) is available as a free download to ADA members.

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2008 Survey of New Dentists

This publication features data specific to new dentists (identified as those who graduated from dental school in the previous ten years), including net income, demographics and characteristics of new dentists, educational and non-educational debt, practice choices, satisfaction with the profession, as well as benefits and compensation. The report also includes information about new dentists who own their practices, employees/associates, independent contractors, as well as new dentists in the federal services.

Available as a free download to ADA members.

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2008 Survey on the Use of Dental Labs

Includes information on the use of dental labs by dentists, the use of material content information, use of foreign dental labs, criteria for selecting a dental lab, perceptions of shortage of technicians by U.S. census region, and opinions on the quality of dental lab work.

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2006 Technology Survey

Reports the use of technology in the professional and personal lives of dentists in private practice, including Internet and e-mail use, technology for continuing education, personal and clinical equipment, and use of practice Web site, among other technology topics.

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2006 Survey of New Dentist Occupations

Reports information on new dentists including practice choices, benefits and compensation, and demographic characteristics.

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National Peer Review Reporting System Survey

The report contains information about the structure and activities of the ADA's constituent dental societies’ peer review committees. Topics covered include the number of peer review cases initiated, length of time until case resolution, and method of resolution.

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2003 Dentist Well-Being Survey

The report compares various aspects of male and female dentists’ home and professional lives as well as their health. Results are presented by gender and age group on a wide variety of topics from hours spent in religious activity to time spent on child care.

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2002 Survey of New Dentist Financial Issues

Covering those dentists who have graduated within the last ten years, the report includes income, educational debt, and career satisfaction issues for new dentists in private practice as well as those working on dental school faculties; as government or hospital employees; in the armed forces; or in graduate school. In addition to income data, statistics on student loans, loan payments, and employed dentists' contracts are included in the report.

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2002 Oral Cancer Campaign: Dentist and Consumer Surveys

Following the 2001 oral cancer public service campaign, the ADA Survey Center conducted surveys of both dentists and consumers to determine their awareness of oral cancer and the campaign. The consumers' survey found that 60.8% of US adults were not aware that dentists look for oral cancer during a routine dental exam. Consumers were also asked questions about their knowledge of oral cancer and their opinions on receiving a painless test for the disease.

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Survey of Dental-Related Organizations, 2001

Information collected from distributors and manufacturers of dental-related products, dental schools, state dental licensing boards, state insurance departments, dental-related health organizations and associations, and other governmental agencies about these groups’ practices of collection, analysis, and resale of dental health care-related data.

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Survey of Current Issues in Dentistry Series

Based on surveys of national random samples of dentists. Reports include trend information and dentists' opinions on issues affecting dentistry today. Each report is sold separately and usually deals with a specific issue. Reports are published periodically.


  • Surgical Dental Implants, Amalgam Restorations, and Sedation. The issues covered in this report include the following: percentage of dentists who have surgically placed a dental implant, average annual number of implants surgically placed by dentists, percentage of dentists participating in formal training for implant dentistry, average number of hours spent in formal implant training, change in the number of patients on whom dentists use amalgam restorations, dentists’ satisfaction with amalgam as a restoration material, and dentists’ use of sedation on their patients. Trend information is available for certain statistics.
  • Employee Termination and Embezzlement. This report includes: percentage of dentists aware of embezzlement in their practice, dentists’ estimates of embezzlement loss in dollars and frequency of embezzlement, dentists’ reasons for suspecting embezzlement, length of embezzlement investigation (if any), and percentage of dentists who have terminated an employee.
  • Physical Well-Being and Substance Abuse. Issues covered in this report include: percentage of dentists who regularly experience pain, grouped by employment situation, age, gender, specialty, and area of the body with pain; percentage of dentists whose work was limited by pain; frequency and location of dentists’ musculoskeletal disorders; dentists’ self-rating of training in recognizing and managing drug-seeking patients; dentists’ frequency of and comfort in asking patients about their use of alcohol or illegal substances; frequency and average number of dentists’ patients with “meth mouth;” percentage of dentists with known or suspected employee substance abuse and dentists’ responses to same.
  • Selected Results. This report includes: percentage of dentists who have purchased new technology or new equipment for the primary practice within the last 12 months grouped by age, specialty, and financing method; dentists’ sources of information for new technology and new equipment, grouped by age of dentist; percentage of dentists who submit claims electronically, grouped by specialty; importance of different kinds of transactions to dentists’ primary practice; dentists’ rating of criteria for selecting an electronic claims processor; percentage of dentists who use or are interested in using electronic patient records.

All four volumes in the 2007 series are available as free downloads to ADA members.


  • Dentists' Participation in Medicaid Programs. This report presents data by dentists treating and not treating Medicaid patients. Percentages of dentists who treat Medicaid patients is presented by US Census Region. Of those dentists who participate in Medicaid programs, the percentage of their annual gross receipts from Medicaid is reported. Dentists' who would participate in Medicaid programs were the fees raised is also presented.
  • Dentists' Computer Use. The issues covered include the following: dentists' use of computers and modems at home and at work; plans to purchase a computer at home or work; the presence and support of a networked computer environment; identifying the primary computer users in dental practices; identifying the primary functions of computers in dental practices; access to and use of CD-ROMs; modem speed; access to, and usage of, the Internet; presence and purpose of dentists' web sites; accessing; referral of patients to web sites; desire to register for ADA Annual Session online; and registration to receive e-mail from the ADA.
  • ADA Seal of Acceptance. The issues covered in this portion of the survey include the following: sources of information regarding the purchase of dental products; methods and frequency of receiving the ADA Seal of Acceptance list of products; desire to have a list to distribute to patients; and agreement with a statement concerning the influence of the ADA Seal of Acceptance on purchasing decisions.
  • Charitable Dental Care. The issues covered in this portion of the survey include the following: the population to which charitable dental care was provided; average percent rate reduction offered by practice; estimate of total annual billings per dentist for charitable dental care if rate had not been granted free of charge or at a discount; and number of patients treated and hours respondent spent providing dental care free of charge in their private practice or in a hospital, community/public health clinic or other practice setting in 1999.
  • Surgical Dental Implants. The issues covered in this portion of the survey include the following: the number of dental implants surgically placed over the past five years; the type of each implant placed; the category of each implant placed; and how much time was spent in formal training for implant dentistry in six education categories.


  • Repetitive Motion Injuries. Describes the frequency of these injuries among dentists and the work limitations as a result of such injuries. Data on the type of instruments used and frequency of their use is also included.
  • Charitable Dental Care. Details the percentage of dentists who provide free and discounted dental care to various population groups as well as the average annual amount of care provided per dentist. Data are provided both nationally and regionally.
  • Dentists’ Computer Use. Describes how many dentists use computers, modems, and CD-ROMs in their dental office, internet access and opinions about the internet.
  • Dentists’ Efforts to Identify and Prevent Child Abuse. Reports the percentage of dentists trained to identify child abuse and the proportion of dentists that had ever noticed signs of abuse in adolescent patients.
  • Tobacco Use Cessation Efforts Among Dentists. Details the frequency that dentists ask their patients about tobacco use, the ways they advise patients about smoking and office policies regarding tobacco use.
  • Surgical Dental Implants. Includes historical implant activity by dentists as well as the types and categories of implants placed. Information on the number of hours that dentists’ spend in implant training is also included.


  • Treatment of Long-Term Care Facility Patients. Describes dentists who treat patients in various types of long-term care facilities, use of auxiliary personnel at facilities, and equipment used at the facilities.
  • Dentists’ Retirement Savings. Discusses the amount, percentage, and types of retirement investments dentists make, reports some data by age and gender.
  • ADA Seal Program. Details dentists’ use of the ADA Seal in purchasing dental supplies, discusses their opinions and knowledge of the Seal program.
  • Dentists’ Opinions on Dental Issues. Includes data on opinions about organized dentistry, dental publications, practice management, training to detect child abuse, needs of female patients, and local dentistry.
  • Oral Cancer Detection in the Dental Office. Describes the percentage of dentists who have seen patients with oral lesions, oral cancer, and their responses to such patients.
  • Deductions. Provides data on the percentage of dentists who have claimed tax deductions for health insurance costs.


  • Hypertension Screening and Hospital Privileges. Reports findings on the prevalence of hypertension screening by private practitioners. Data on the percentage of general practitioners and specialists who have hospital privileges is also included.
  • Membership Issues. Reasons why dentists remain ADA members and the most important member benefits are explored. Dentists’ opinions about issues facing the dental profession are also examined.

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Survey of State Dental Programs in Medicaid

Provides current information about state dental Medicaid programs, including number of enrollees, types of beneficiaries, and number of active dentists enrolled as providers. Also includes services included in state dental Medicaid programs; co-payment, reimbursement, and claim information; additions, deletions, and revisions to coverage in state dental Medicaid programs; and pending legislation and effects of national legislation on state dental Medicaid programs.

Reports available for 1998 and 2000.  

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1999 Dental Management Service Organization Survey

Focuses on dentists employed by Dental Management Service Organizations (DMSOs). The percentage of all employed dentists who are employed by DMSOs is reported by dentists' age and gender. Experiences of DMSO-employed dentists are detailed in the report as well as the reasons dentists sold their practices to DMSOs. Responding dentists' opinions concerning their satisfaction with their DMSO experience is also reported.

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Survey of Dentists

Summarizes responses of independent general practitioners about the characteristics of their practice. The 1993 version contains descriptive information about dental hygienists and chairside assistants employed in these practices, key data including: salaries, benefits, and procedures performed by each group. The 1995 version contains descriptive information on male and female dentists personal and family issues and work-related issues.

1999 Survey of Career Patterns

  • A Comparison of Dentists by Gender and Age Group. The report provides information on both male and female practicing dentists in four different age groups. Included in the report are data on dentists’ incomes, satisfaction with their profession, and participation in contractual agreements with third parties along with many other types of information.
  • A Report on Retirement Preparation and Planning. Report focuses on dentists' planned age at retirement and their feeling of preparedness for the event. Includes breakdowns by age group (under 40 and 40 and older) and gender.

1995 Survey of Dentists: A Comparison of Male and Female Dentists

Contains separate reports on the following topics:

  • Personal and Family Related Issues. Discusses dentists' time spent away from work. Leisure activities, children, spouses (and their occupations) are detailed.
  • Work-Related Issues. Describes dentists' practice patterns, incomes, and other work-related issues.

1996 Member and Nonmember Needs and Opinion Surveys

  • Selected Results From the 1996 Members Needs and Opinion Survey. Details member dentists' ratings of challenges facing the practice of dentistry and their primary reason for continuing their ADA membership. Includes responses to opinion statements and information on where member dentists obtain various products and services.
  • Selected Results From the 1996 Nonmember Opinion Survey. Details nonmembers' responses to questions about the challenges facing dentistry and opinion statements about the ADA. Includes reasons for not joining the ADA and information about how they were recruited by the ADA.
  • Selected Results From the 1996 Past Member Survey. Includes past members' responses to opinion statements and challenges facing their practices. Explores past members' reasons for not renewing ADA membership.

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1998 Survey of New Dentists on Impact of Student Debt

Covers the level of debt incurred by students in both public and private schools; students' average monthly payments on this debt; and their use of alternative strategies to help them manage their debt. Responding dentists were also asked to estimate the financial impact they believed student debt would have on them over the next ten years.

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Access Program Survey, 1999

Presents information from dental schools, state health departments, and constituent and component dental societies regarding their involvement in programs initiated to increase access to dental care for various population groups.

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Report on Dentists' Participation in Capitation and Preferred Provider Plans in 1998

Report covers the percentage of dentists' patients participating in Capitation and Preferred Provider dental plans; dentists' reasons for non-participation; and the effect of the plans on dental practices. The report also covers dentists' likelihood of renewing participation in the plan when their current contract expires and their level of satisfaction with Capitation and Preferred Provider dental plans.

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Survey on Licensure by Credentials

Summarizes data from state boards of dentistry regarding the current status of issuing licensure by credentials. Topics include requirements for granting licensure by credentials; and the number of applications, approvals, and denials for licensure by credentials.

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1998 Continuing Education Survey

The survey was conducted by the Council on Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs, with assistance from the Survey Center, to assess the current status of continuing education requirements for dentists throughout the United States.

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1996 Survey of Dental Organizations Regarding the Promotion of Direct Reimbursement

Report presents results from a survey of constituent dental societies and national dental organizations regarding programs to promote direct reimbursement.

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1993 Survey of Infection Control and OSHA Compliance Costs

Estimates of various costs associated with infection control procedures in private practices. Includes information on impact of infection control costs on dental fees. Appendix includes report to the 1994 ADA House of Delegates summarizing data from the study and detailing total national costs of infection control. Tables present the impact of compliance with OSHA Standard on Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens, "before and after" OSHA costs, and detailed costs of dental supplies, housekeeping, personal protective equipment, laundry/cleaning, infection control planning, training and record-keeping, hand-piece sterilization, staff vaccinations, waste disposal, and changes in engineering and staff.

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1992 Special Version: Survey of Dental Practice

Based on a survey of private practitioners, provides a snapshot of dentists' activities and opinions on a variety of topics.

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