Dental Workforce

Expanding the Dental Team. This Pew report (2014) is the first to examine early cost impacts of a dental therapist on a private practice in the U.S. and how this type of provider functions in that environment on a daily basis.

Expanding the Dental Safety Net. This white paper (2012) from the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign investigates how the addition of dental therapists to the dental team may expand the capacity of Federally Qualified Health Clinics to treat more children.

Expansion of the Dental Workforce – Frequently Asked Questions (2012).

It Takes A Team: How New Dental Providers Can Benefit Patients and Practices (2010).

Help Wanted: A Policy Maker’s Guide to New Dental Providers. A Report prepared by the Pew Center on the States (2009).

The U.S. Oral Health Workforce in the Coming Decade: Workshop Summary. A Report from the Institute of  Medicine of the National Academies (2009).

Note: Be sure to visit the Oral Health in Massachusetts, Workforce Reports page for additional information about state and national dental workforce needs and what is being done to meet those needs.

The ADA Health Policy Resource Center has released the 2009 ADA Dental Workforce Model: 2007-2030.  The report provides a long-term projection of the U.S. dental workforce using statistical transition models for retirements, occupation changes, location choice, specialty education and death.  For more information, call the 1-800-947-4746 or visit