Letters: Not busy
January 18, 2016
In a recent issue (Snapshots of American Dentistry
, Nov. 16, 2015, ADA News) there is a chart showing the dental school enrollment of 4,350 in 2004 increasing to 5,454 in 2014, explaining why there are just too many dentists. Another reason for lack of busyness is that licensing by credentials in some states requires dentists be practicing full time at 1,000 hours each year of the five years just prior to application. But many dentists have enough patients only to practice part time, which disqualifies them automatically from getting licensure in certain states unless they apply by another exam. We must be permitted to practice anywhere we wish. To see how many dentists practice in an area, Google mapping can be used, because one can plug in an address or ZIP code and search nearby for dentists. Please do this sitting down because we are flooded in certain areas and the numbers are shocking. Let us work as a united profession in order to survive.
Anthony T. Tumolo, D.D.S.
Brooklyn, New York