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The latest Survey and Economic Research on Dentistry reports published by the ADA are listed below. Reports are generally available either in a bound, hard copy or downloadable, electronic format. Where noted, certain reports are available as a free download to ADA members, while annual reports on accredited education programs are free for anyone to download.

Read descriptions, see tables of contents, view prices, and place orders for these publications in the ADA Catalog.

Dentists' Economic Confidence—Fourth Quarter of 2012 (December 2012)

The fourth quarter of 2012 survey showed that, overall, economic confidence is down from the previous quarter. Dentists’ economic confidence (DECS) index scores reflect dentists’ feelings about their net income, gross billings, open appointment times, and treatment acceptance rates. The fourth quarter’s DECS index score was -46, a drop of 14 points from Q3.

The current report is the third in the series of the Dentists' Economic Confidence Survey. Over thirteen hundred dentists completed the survey between October 8 and October 18, 2012.

Available as a free download to ADA members on the Free Reports page.

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2010-11 Survey of Dental Education—Volume 2: Tuition, Admission, and Attrition (June 2012) 

Volume 2 of the 2010-11 Survey of Dental Education report series is now available. Updated annually, this report summarizes information reported by 58 accredited dental schools on a variety of subjects, including tuition and other educational expenses, academic qualifications of students, admissions criteria, combined degree programs, and attrition.

As described in the report, tuition and fees for residents in 2010-11 were 103.4% higher than in 2001-02, rising from $17,413 to $35,422, while non-resident tuition and fees for 2010-11 were 82.8% more than those of 2001-02, an increase from $27,386 to $50,053. However, the difference between resident and non-resident tuition and fees has decreased in the past decade; on average, non-resident students paid 57.3% more than residents in 2001-02, but 41.3% more than residents in 2010-11.

With the release of Volume 2, the full set of reports in the 2010-11 Survey of Dental Education series is now available. In addition to Volume 2, the other volume in the set includes Volume 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates. (Please note that Volume 3: Faculty and Support Staff, Volume 4: Curriculum, and Volume 5: Finances will no longer be published.)

Available as a free download on the Educational Programs page.

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2010 Survey of Dental Practice—Employment of Dental Practice Personnel (June 2012)

The typical dental practice employs four to five non-dentist staff per dentist according to this newly published report. Among responding dentists, 95% reported chairside assistants were employed in their practices, followed by 89% who reportedly employed a secretary/receptionist, and 68% reporting having a dental hygienist. In 2009, the average full-time hourly wage of a dental hygienist was $34.70, and full-time chairside assistants earned an average hourly wage of $18.00. Part-time dental hygienists were paid an average of $38.00 per hour compared to an average of $18.50 per hour paid to part-time chairside assistants.

This annual publication, newly revised for the 2010 edition, includes the prevalence in the dental practice, working hours, and hourly wages of dental hygienists, chairside assistants, secretaries/receptionists, dental laboratory technicians, financial coordinators, office managers, and sterilization assistants, including trended data back to 1990.

Available as a free download to ADA members on the Free Reports page.

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2010-11 Survey of Dental Education—Volume 1: Academic Programs, Enrollment, and Graduates (May 2012)

Volume 1 of the 2010-11 Survey of Dental Education report series is now available. Updated annually, this report summarizes information reported by 58 accredited dental schools on a variety of subjects, including academic programs, admissions, enrollment, attrition, graduates, educational expenses and financial assistance, and patient care.

As illustrated in the report, the number of female first-year dental students is rising at a faster pace than the number of male students, increasing by 26.6% between 2001-02 and 2010-11, compared to a 10.4% increase in the number of male freshmen. Female students represented 46.0% of the 2010-11 first-year class.

Available as a free download on the Educational Programs page.

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Dental Medicaid—2012 (May 2012)

This report consists of a review of the dental Medicaid literature, focusing on dental services provided to children under the Medicaid program. It also includes sections on the CHIP program and Medicaid dental programs for adults. It is an extension of earlier work published in 2003 by ADA Health Policy Resources Center entitled, "Medicaid and Dental Care for Children: A Review of the Literature."

Available as a free download on the Economics & Dentistry: Dental Health Analysis page.

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