Minnesota Health Workforce Demographics

MINNESOTA’S AGING DENTIST WORKFORCE

  • The median age of active Minnesota dentists increased from 44 in 1994 to 50 in 2005.
  • Fifty-two percent were 50 years or older in 2005, compared to only 32 percent in 1993.

The peak numbers of dentists were between 48 and 53 in 2005. There were only 57 percent as many dentists aged 35-44 as aged 45-54. There appears to be some recovery of dentist numbers in the age group that was about 31 to 35 in 2005. It is difficult to tell if this partial recovery in dentist numbers has continued, because dentists typically don’t start practice until their late 20s.

graph of MN dentists by age

graph of median age of MN dentists

graph: percent of active MN dentists 50+

Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:28PM