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11/29/2018 Insights

Dentists Are Getting Busier

Dentists Are Getting Busier
by Tammy Adams

It looks like more people are taking care of their pearly whites, according to recent findings. The American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute reported that more than a third of dentists experienced an increase in patient volume in 2017 compared to 2016.

But if you’re a patient, you may wait a little longer to be seen. HPI also found that the average wait times for appointments are trending in the same direction, increasing from 4.5 days in 2012 to 5.4 days in 2017 for patients of record and from 5.3 days to 7 for new patients. This is likely a sign that dental offices are seeing a larger volume of patients.

"The last few years have seen an uptick in dental care use among certain segments of the population, namely low-income adults in Medicaid expansion states where Medicaid provides adult dental benefits as well as among high-income seniors," explained Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., ADA chief economist and vice president of the Health Policy Institute.

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