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HPI: Fewer dentists are practicing solo

October 10, 2018

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, fewer dentists are working as solo practitioners.

In an infographic published Oct. 5, HPI uses data to show about 51 percent of dentists were solo practitioners in 2017, down from 65 percent in 1999. The results were culled from the 1999-2009 ADA Health Policy Institute Surveys of Dental Practice and the 2010-17 Distribution of Dentists surveys.

Other key findings include:

  • Female dentists are less likely to be in solo practice. In 2017, 39 percent of female dentists were in solo practice compared to 56 percent of male dentists.
  • Dentists are increasingly practicing in groups, particularly younger dentists, noting 2017 data show that 21 percent of dentists under 35 were solo practitioners.

The infographic notes that the results are for dentists in private practice only and determined a solo dentist as one who works in a dental practice with no other dentists.

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Image of HPI chart showing fewer dentists are practicing solo