5 states with the most, fewest general dentists in 2023

California has the most general dentists out of all U.S. states, according to data from KFF. 

The health policy nonprofit recorded the number of active dentists in seven categories, including general dentistry, oral surgery and orthodontics. 

To see the number of active general dentists in each state, click here.

Here are five states with the most and fewest general dentists: 


California: 24,989

Texas: 12,796

New York: 10,685

Florida: 9,338

Illinois: 7,138


Wyoming: 264

Vermont: 272

North Dakota: 319

Delaware: 356

South Dakota: 395

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