Article: Arizona needs more dentists, U.S. rankings say

“It’s not just about the tooth. It’s about the person attached to the tooth, the family attached to the person and the community attached to the family. We want to produce leaders in the community and, along the way, teach them to be great doctors.” – Dr. Jack Dillenberg

The East Valley Tribune published an article on August 1st addressing what has been called a “dental shortage” in the state of Arizona. According to the publication, Arizona has 177 dental HPSAs, or Health Professional Shortage Areas, as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Ana Roscetti of the ADHS stated, “There are about 2.3 million residents living in these dental HPSAs. So basically, we need 388 more dentists to negate all the shortages in the state of Arizona, and 181 to negate the shortages in Maricopa County alone.”

Kevin Earle, Executive Director of the Arizona Dental Association, believes that the problem is not a shortage of dentists but rather improper dispersement of available providers in the state.

“As a matter of fact, data has just come out from the Health Policy Institute of the American Dental Association that says, even when adjusted for population, the supply of dentists in Arizona has increased in the last 10 years by 7.1 percent. We also have two dental schools here, including ASDOH, that graduate over 200 dentists every year.”

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