Sunday, April 16, 2023

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage

December 31, 2022, data released by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) reported that about 69.8 million Americans resided in settings or communities designated as dental health professional shortage areas (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a facility, population group, or geographic area where dental care access is lacking because too few dentists serve the area relative to the population size of the HPSA.  HPSAs in the five-state Rocky Mountain region accounted for approximately 4% of the U.S. population who lived in dental care shortage areas.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs in the five Rocky Mountain states would need 328 additional dentists to eliminate the dental care shortage in the region.  This shortfall represented about 2.8% of the nation's dental care shortage.  Here is a state-level look at the Rocky Mountain region's dental care shortage:

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage

The Rocky Mountain Region's Dental Care Shortage

State (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
CO 106 1,102,176 120
ID 106 523,077 69
MT 134 381,453 54
UT 64 707,533 77
WY 29 49,361 8
Region 439 2,763,600 328
U.S. 7,313 69,766,605 11,909
% of U.S. 6.0% 4.0% 2.8%

(1) Designated Geographic, Population Group, and Facility HPSAs with a dental care shortage
(2) Population of designated HPSAs
(3) Dental Care practitioners needed to remove HPSA Designation

Source:  Designated HPSA Quarterly Summary, 12/31/22 (HRSA)

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