The dental industry by the numbers

The dental industry is ever-evolving. Here is a snapshot of 10 things dentists should know about the current landscape:

1. There were 201,927 total dentists in the U.S. in 2021.

2. Washington, D.C., is the highest-paying territory for dentists with $409,333 as the average salary.

3. The dental industry saw a nearly 20 percent increase in women over 20 years.

4. Just 46.2 percent of dentists practiced privately in 2021, according to the American Dental Association.

5. The number of pediatric dentists in the U.S. increased 108 percent from 2001 to 2021.

6. Only 30 percent of dental practices in the U.S. served patients on public insurance.

7. Practice owners who received COVID-19 relief funds in 2020 collected an average of $95,330.

8. The number of public health dentists in the U.S. declined 5.9 percent between 2001 and 2021.

9. DSO affiliated practices are 14.5 percent more confident about their economic recovery than non-DSO affiliated practices.

10. There were only six oral medicine specialists in the U.S. in 2021. 

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