Evaluating the Impact of Dentists’ Personal Characteristics on Workforce Participation

Authors: Margaret Langelier, MSHSA | Simona Surdu, MD, PhD | Sai Sindhura Gundavarapu, BS | Shabnam Seyedzadeh Sabounchi, DDS, PhD

Topics: Diversity, Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

January 11, 2022

With the graduation of more females from dental school, the dental profession is becoming more gender diverse. This study, conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC), builds on previous work on gender diversity in dentistry. Researchers used data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey (ACS) to evaluate the impact of dentists' personal characteristics on variation in practice patterns and income.

This report describes the demographic and other personal characteristics as well as household/family characteristics of dentists by gender and discusses observed differences in employment participation that might impact service delivery over time.

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