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ADA Health Policy Institute


How Will Aging and "Feminization" Affect the Future Supply of Dentists?
(September 2016 - 60 min)

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As the dentist workforce gets older, conventional wisdom predicts that the U.S. will face increasing dentist shortages. Moreover, with more and more women entering the profession, some believe that shortages could get worse if female dentists work fewer hours than male dentists.

While there is a lot of heat around this issue, there has been little light -- until now. This webinar discusses a study from the ADA Health Policy Institute that projects the future supply of dentists using a sophisticated empirical model that takes into account age and gender effects.


Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute


Bradley Munson, Senior Research Analyst, ADA Health Policy Institute


  • Arpita Chattopadhyay, Chief, Workforce Analysis Branch, National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources Service Administration
  • Janet Guthmiller, Dean, College of Dentistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Richard Valachovic, President & CEO, American Dental Education Association