Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
Economics and Finance Department
William F. Shugart II
Oral health is an important indicator of overall individual health and general well-being. Unfortunately, there is a lack of dental care availability and access in many parts of the United States. According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, as of December 31, 2018 there were nearly 6,000 Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the US. Around 58 million people live in these shortage areas and it is estimated that over 10,000 practitioners are necessary to meet the needs of these populations.
Caldwell, Jacob, "The Effect of Dental Therapists on Access to Dental Care" (2019). Research on Capitol Hill. Paper 124.