States ranked by shortage of dental providers

California has the most areas facing shortages of dental professionals of all U.S. states, according to a new ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ranking is based on a quarterly summary of designated Health Professional Shortage Area statistics published Sept. 30 by HHS, the Bureau of Health Workforce, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. The HPSA designation is given to areas where the population-to-provider ratio for primary care is at least 4,000 to 1.

In total, there are 6,487 areas with a dental care HPSA designation in the U.S.

Here's how each state and Washington, D.C., stacks up:

Note: The list includes ties.

1.California — 473 areas with an HPSA designation

2. Missouri — 314

3. Texas — 302

4. Alaska — 298

5. Florida — 256

6. Michigan — 243

7. Arizona — 208

    Illinois — 208

8. North Carolina — 190

9. Kansas — 182

10. Georgia — 181

11. Washington — 173

12. Minnesota — 171

13. Oklahoma — 164

14. Pennsylvania — 153

15. Louisiana — 148

16. Tennessee — 146

17. Mississippi — 145

      Ohio — 145

18. Kentucky — 140

19. New York — 132

20. Iowa — 131

21. Oregon — 129

22. Montana — 123

23. Wisconsin — 111

24. Indiana — 104

West Virginia — 104

25. Colorado — 100

26. New Mexico — 98

27. Virginia — 97

28. Idaho — 94

29. South Carolina — 90

30. Arkansas — 85

31. Alabama — 81

Maine — 81

32. South Dakota — 71

33. Nebraska — 68

34. Nevada — 67

35. North Dakota — 66

36. Utah — 62

37. Massachusetts — 56

38. Maryland — 42

39. Connecticut — 38

40. New Jersey — 35

41. Hawaii — 33

42. Wyoming — 31

43. New Hampshire — 22

44. Rhode Island — 14

Vermont — 14

45. Washington, D.C. — 12

46. Delaware — 10

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