Fewer dentists own practices, ADA says

The percentage of dentists who own their practices fell to 73 percent in 2021 from 84.7 percent in 2005, the American Dental Association said March 10.

The number of dentist-owners and solo practices is falling, while the number of practices owned by DSOs is rising. The percentage of dentists affiliated with a DSO rose from 8.8 percent in 2017 to 10.4 percent in 2019. 

The findings are part of several changing demographics in dentistry noted by the ADA, including a decrease in the age of dentists and an increase in female and minority dentists.

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