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Where Have All the Dental Care Visits Gone?

Dentistry has a major “busyness” problem. But while the volume of dental care visits in dental offices is declining dramatically, dental care visits in Federally Qualified Health Centers and hospital emergency rooms are skyrocketing. A Health Policy Perspectives column in last month’s Journal of the American Dental Association argues that there is nothing on the horizon to reverse these trends and this analysis ought to be a wake-up call for the dental profession. The column lists several strategic options to address dentistry’s busyness problem.

To learn more, watch Dr. Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist and Vice President of the ADA Health Policy Institute, look at where people are getting their dental care and how this is changing.

Fun Fact: Lucy Hobbs Taylor was the first woman to receive a dental degree in 1866 from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, OH.

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