What Is the Future of the Dental Industry? (Infographic)

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Are you interested in a career in the dental industry? Recent research and trends show us that the outlook is bright – just like your patients’ smiles.

The Future of the Dental Industry Infographic

Current State of the U.S. Dental Industry

  • There are nearly 184,000 dental offices in the United States.
  • Dental offices will generate an estimated $134 billion in revenue in 2018.
  • Group practices make up 5% of all dental offices.

U.S. Dental Industry Jobs and Earnings

  • 153,500 dentist jobs were available in the United States in 2016.
  • The 2017 median pay of dentists was $158,120 annually, or $76.02 per hour.
  • There were 332,000 dental assistant jobs in the United States as of 2016.
  • The 2017 median pay of dental assistants was $37,630 annually, or $18.09 per hour.

U.S. Oral Health Trends

  • 93% of U.S. adults believe routine dental care is an important part of overall wellness.
  • More than 90% of adults have experienced at least one cavity.
  • 85% of adults prefer to visit the dentist twice a year for cleanings.
  • About 64% of adults have dental insurance.
  • Nearly 50% of adults over the age of 30 have shown signs of gum disease.
  • 47% of adults are dealing with some form of periodontal disease.
  • 12% of adults suffer from sensitive teeth.

Dental Technology Trends

  • Air-Abrasion: Provides pellets of air to remove decayed teeth without a local anesthetic.
  • Digital X-Rays: Enable digital images of the teeth, mouth, and jaw to be projected onto a computer screen.
  • Dental Implants: Can be integrated into the jaw to replace missing teeth.
  • Laser Dentistry: Involves the use of light energy to remove tooth decay and perform other dental procedures.
  • Sedation Dentistry: Uses medication to help a patient relax during a dental procedure without causing him or her to fall asleep.

U.S. Dental Industry Job Outlook

  • The demand for dentists in the United States is projected to increase 19% between 2016 and 2026.
  • The number of dentist jobs is expected to grow by 29,300 between 2016 and 2026.
  • The demand for dental assistants is projected to increase 19% between 2016 and 2026.
  • The number of dental assistant jobs is expected to grow by 64,600 between 2016 and 2026 – much faster than the average profession.

Howard Healthcare Academy provides comprehensive dental assistant training programs in San Diego. To find out more, please contact us today at 1 (619) ACADEMY.

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