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ADA urges response to 2012 Survey of Dental Practice

April 23, 2012

The ADA is encouraging dentists to complete the 2012 Survey of Dental Practice.

Every year, the ADA conducts a survey of dentists to collect comprehensive information about the private practice of dentistry in the United States.

The 2012 Survey of Dental Practice is being mailed this week to a random sample of dentists in the United States.

Help your dental colleagues and the profession by completing and returning the questionnaire as soon as you can. Some good reasons to complete the survey include:

  • Survey results support the ADA’s advocacy efforts on your behalf.
  • Results allow the ADA’s Health Policy Resources Center to conduct important research on dental professionals. One example includes the article set to appear in the May edition of the Journal of the American Dental Association titled “An Analysis of Dentists’ Incomes, 1996-2009,” which analyzes the recent decrease in dentists’ incomes.
  • Results of the survey also provide new dentists with help in establishing their practices while providing benchmarks for established dentists.

The House of Delegates-mandated Survey of Dental Practice will be sent to specialists and general practitioners, collecting information on many aspects of private dental practice, from income and gross billings to dentists’ average work hours and dental staff wages. Participation is very important, and your answers will be confidential.

Results from past editions of this survey are now available free to ADA members at

Past reports are also available for purchase by anyone, as hard copies or electronic files, by calling the Member Service Center at 1-800-947-4746 or visiting