Dental economic trends give us clues about the industry”s future.
The first two articles in this series explored trends in dental education and how they have impacted dental manpower trends. We saw how major shifts in dental school enrollments eventually translated into changes in the number and mix of dentists. Some of the major changes in manpower include: a decrease in the number of dentists by the end of this decade, an increased proportion of female dentists, part-time dentists, and specialty dentists, and finally, a dentist-to-population ratio that is currently decreasing and is projected to decrease at least until the year 2020. In this article, we will explore trends in economics.