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ADA Health Policy Institute

Workforce

How many dentists are there in the U.S?

As of 2015, there were 195,722 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the U.S. Source: Dentist Supply in the U.S.: 2001-2015. Available as a free download.

 

How many dentists are female?

Among 195,722 dentists working in dentistry in 2015, 28.9% were female.

Source: Dentist Supply in the U.S.: 2001-2015. Available as a free download.

 

What percentage of dentists are specialists?

In 2015, more than one in five professionally active dentists (20.9%) reported that their practice, research, or administration area was an ADA-recognized specialty.

Source: Dentist Supply in the U.S.: 2001-2015. Available as a free download.

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

The research brief entitled Supply of Dentists is Likely to Grow presents projections for the number dentists in the U.S. based on various sources of outflows from and inflows to the dental profession.

Source: Supply of Dentists is Likely to Grow. Health Policy Institute Research Brief. Available as a free download.