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ADA HPI examines underrepresentation in dentistry

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ADA HPI examines underrepresentation in dentistry

A series of infographics issued by the ADA Health Policy Institute show shifting demographics in dentistry, with the proportion of Black dentists up slightly from 3.7% in 2005 to 3.8% in 2020, the proportion of Hispanic dentists up from 4.2% to 5.9%, and the proportion of white dentists down from 79.8% to 70.2%, ADA News reports. However, Black and Hispanic populations remain underrepresented in dentistry, according to the findings, and in the general population, Black and Hispanic Americans are most likely to face cost barriers to oral health care. The findings provide an opportunity to increase awareness and "work for improved oral health of every American through supporting oral health equity and reforms that ensure that anyone who wants a healthy mouth can achieve it, regardless of age, race, disability and income," said ADA Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention Chair Jessica Meeske, D.D.S.

Full Story: ADA News (4/19)

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