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ADA Health Policy Institute

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How many dentists are there in the U.S?

As of 2016, there were 196,441 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the U.S. 

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2016. Available as a free download.

 

How many dentists are female?

Among 196,441 dentists working in dentistry in 2016, 29.8% were female.

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2016Available as a free download.

 

What percentage of dentists are specialists?

In 2016, more than one in five professionally active dentists (21.0%) reported that their practice, research, or administration area was an ADA-recognized specialty.

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2016. Available as a free download.

 

Does the ADA have any projections for the number of dentists in the U.S.?

The research brief entitled Number of Practicing Dentists per Capita in the United States Will Grow Steadily presents projections for the number dentists in the U.S. based on various sources of outflows from and inflows to the dental profession.

Source: Number of Practicing Dentists per Capita in the United States Will Grow Steadily. Health Policy Institute Research Brief. Available as a free download.