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ADA Health Policy Institute

Supply of Dentists

Data tables in Excel format include the number of dentists in the United States by state from 2001 to 2016, U.S. population figures, the number of dentists per 100,000 population, and the supply of dentists in the US by practice, research or administration area as well as by age and gender.

Reported data are based on the American Dental Association (ADA) masterfile.  The ADA masterfile contains the most up-to-date information on dentists in the United States. It is updated through a variety of methods including reconciliation with state licensure databases, death records, and various surveys and censuses of dentists carried out by the ADA. We used the masterfile’s archived datasets from 2001 through 2016 to gather historical information on the profile of the dentist population, including dentists’ ages and specialties, if applicable.

Please note that the XLSX files are optimized to be used electronically and printed out as a hard copy, but Microsoft Excel 2007 or later is required to access these files.

Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2016 (XLSX - Published January 2017)