A Study of Oral Health in Rural Western New York New York State Association for Rural Health May 20 th , 2010 Geneva, New York David Schirmer DDS Trustee, New York State Dental Foundation Mission:
New York State Association for Rural Health
May 20th, 2010
Geneva, New York
David Schirmer DDS
Trustee, New York State Dental Foundation
In one fifth of Massachusetts cities and towns there is not one single dentist.
Boston Globe, October 16, 2006
past 5 years and 10% of its rural dentists.
According to the ADA there are 152,000 active dentists in the USA and one third of them are over the age of 55.
The US Department of Health and Human Services says that 31 million people live in shortage areas; they estimate that 4650 dentists would be needed to properly service those people.
About 5000 dentists retire each year and about 4000 begin their careers.
Robert Weyant, Chairman of the Department of Public Health of the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Ten Kansas counties have no dentist. Twelve others have no full time practitioner.
Dodge City, Kansas , Daily Globe
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