The Black Dentist Workforce in the United States


Jean Calvo, Cynthia Wides and Paul Gates

Dec. 21, 2016

The Black population in the US experiences disparities in oral health. Black adults are twice as likely to have unmet dental needs when compared to Whites and face many barriers to accessing dental care. What role could the lack of racial diversity in the dental workforce play? This study finds that the underrepresentation for Black dentists is extraordinary, and the Black dentists that are in practice are shouldering a disproportionate share of dental care for minority and underserved communities.

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