5 numbers making the dental industry optimistic

Here are five statistics Becker's has reported on in 2023 that could lead to more opportunities and growth in the dental industry:

1. The average amount of dental school debt has declined in recent years to $286,200, according to data from the American Dental Education Association. 

2. First-year dental program enrollment has increased by 2.4 percent since last year, according to data from the American Dental Association. 

3. The U.S. dental workforce has grown more than 20 percent in 20 years.

4. Ninety-two percent of adults believe their oral health is very or extremely important to their overall health.

5. Fifty-one percent of dentists who are owners or partners have stayed at the same practice for more than 20 years, according to DentalPost's "2023 Dental Salary Survey" annual report.

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