The highest number per capita of dental practitioners and veterinaries in the country are located in the states of Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia, according to data compiled by the nonprofit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHE).
The IHE, an independent nonprofit, has analyzed data on dental services, dental visits, and veterinarian hours at more than 10,000 dental clinics across the country.
In Arizona, which has the highest rate of dental-related injuries in the U.S., the IHE found that more than 7,600 dental-care providers have more than 100 full-time, full-year residents.
The highest number in Arizona was at 7,086.
In Florida, which ranks second highest in the nation for dental-associated injuries, the IWE found that 6,527 dental-service providers have 100 or more full-timers.
In Georgia, which is fifth in the nationwide rankings, 6,049 dental-treatment providers have at least 100 full hours.
In Illinois, which ranked first among the states for the number of full- and part-time residents, the study found that 945 dental-facilities have at most 100 full or part-timings.
In Minnesota, which tops the national rankings for the largest number of dentists per capita, the data showed that 834 dental-services providers have less than 100 total hours.
In Pennsylvania, which leads the nation in the number and percentage of dentist per capita at 547, the number also is highest.
In Texas, which was the state with the highest percentage of dental workers, the percentage was 6.3 percent.
In Illinois, where the highest dental-fitness percentage was among the state’s dental-office-based dentists, the state was second at 2.6 percent.
In Arizona, the highest incidence of dental injuries was among dentists who worked for the elderly, the elderly population, and the uninsured, according the IEE.
The IWE also found that dental-therapy and dental-labor services provided to the elderly were the most frequently accessed in states with a high percentage of providers working in these areas.
In New Mexico and New York, where more than half of the dentists work in areas that are low income, the majority of dentistry workers work for low-income populations.
In Ohio, which also ranked first for the percentage of its dentists working in low-wage industries, the dental-professionals were more likely to work in communities with high rates of poverty.
In Kentucky, which tied for fourth in the state for the highest total number of low-paying occupations, the share of dentition-related health care services provided by dental professionals rose from 4.7 percent in 2013 to 6.7 in 2017.