Dentistry Becoming Increasingly Representative of Patient Community, Improving Access to Care

American Dental Association

The growth in the number of women in dentistry may expand the capacity of the oral health delivery system to better meet the needs of the population, particularly the underserved, according to a new study conducted by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center at the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies.

“Diversity within the dental profession is a widely embraced goal,” said Margaret Langelier, Oral Health Workforce Research Center co-deputy director. “One desirable outcome is that dentistry becomes increasingly representative of the patient community, which has been shown to improve access to care.”

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