Wednesday, May 10, 2023

America's Dental Care Shortage by Region

Data from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) indicated that, as of December 31, 2022, more than 69.7 million Americans lived in a dental health professional shortage area (HPSA).  A dental health HPSA is a population group, geographic area, or facility where residents have subpar access to dental care because too few dentists work in the area relative to the size of the population.  The HRSA estimates that HPSAs throughout the country would need over 11,900 more dentists to eliminate the national shortage of dentists.

Here is a summary look at America's dental care shortage by region (for state-level details, follow the "region" link):

America's Dental Care Shortage by Region

Region (1) HPSAs (2) Population (3) Shortage
Far West 1,302 8,752,870 1,344
Great Lakes 968 9,301,614 1,688
Great Plains 1,121 4,628,148 763
MidEast 422 8,048,834 1,480
New England 248 1,394,751 224
Rocky Mountain 439 2,763,600 328
Southeast 1,905 25,907,017 4,609
Southwest 857 8,403,062 1,363
U.S. Territories 51 566,709 110
U.S. 7,313 69,766,605 11,909

(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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