Question: Are There Too Many Dentists In America?

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1) the number of dentists in the US are unevenly distributed between cities, suburban areas, and rural areas.

Yes, in several major cities, there are too many (so much so that many are filling for bankruptcy and going out of business).

In some rural areas, there is 1 dentist per 50,000 people.

Is there an oversupply of dentists?

Usually, from their perspective all dentists are the same, and all have similar skills. That you are good at dentistry is a given as far as the public is concerned. The easy times are well and truly behind us and it is well-recognised that there is now a growing oversupply of dentists in this country.

How many dentists are practicing in the US?

There are currently over 200,000 practicing dentists in the United States. This translates to roughly 60 dentists for every 100,000 people in the US. In a given year, 600 more dentists start their practice than those that retire.

How many dentists are in the US 2019?


Measure2019 Value2019 Rank
DentistsNumber per 100,000 population61.0
Low BirthweightPercentage of live births8.3%
Mental Health ProvidersNumber per 100,000 population247.4
Preventable HospitalizationsDischarges per 1,000 Medicare enrollees49.4

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Is there a shortage of dentists in the US?

There are 5,493 dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) nationwide, in which there are more than 5000 patients per dentist. Dental therapists treat some of the most common dental issues, such as cavity fillings and simple extractions.

Where are dentists needed most?

10 states with highest number of people living in dental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs):

  • Florida – more than 5 million.
  • Arizona – 4.6 million.
  • Texas – 4.2 million.
  • New York – 2.7 million.
  • Washington – 2.7 million.
  • Illinois – 2.5 million.
  • Tennessee – 2.4 million.
  • North Carolina – 2.3 million.

What is the future of dentistry?

The future of dental technology will bring many exciting changes for dentists and oral surgeons, but for patients the upsides are simple: Less time, money, and discomfort. Constantly evolving technologies are changing the face of dentistry, making the dread of an uncomfortable dentist appointment a thing of the past.