Posted November 08, 2018 07:38:47There are more dentists than any other profession in Canada, with a total of 5.6 million practicing dentists, according to the Association of Canadian Dental Boards.
That’s up from 3.6.3 million practicing doctors in 2018, according the latest census data.
The growth in dental practice is largely due to a number of factors, including the growth in age demographics and the increasing prevalence of chronic disease in younger populations, according Dr. Karen Schulz of the Vancouver Board of Dental Surgeons.
“We see a lot of older people, people who have lost their teeth, people with complex oral health issues,” said Schulz.
“And then, of course, there’s the growing number of kids and the growth of people who are not getting their teeth done at home.
So we see a significant increase in population.”
Schulz said the population of dentists is also growing.
“It’s quite surprising,” she said.
“Dentists are really in demand.
There’s so many patients we serve and there’s so much demand.
And we’re really busy.”
The number of dentist jobs in Canada has increased by 2.7 percent since the end of the last recession, but dentists have been growing steadily for the past 30 years.
According to the Canadian Association of Dentureurs, there were over 11,000 dentists working in 2018.
A total of 9,700 dentists were hired in 2019, up from 7,600 dentists hired in 2020.
In 2021, there was a 4.6 percent increase in the number of dental assistants in Canada.
There are now more than 13,000 dental assistants working in Canada as of 2019, according in the 2018 census data, according Dental Board data.
The growing demand for dentists has also led to a significant decrease in the numbers of people in Canada that do not have a primary care physician.
Currently, less than 8 percent of the population in Canada have a dentist.
The number has dropped from 6.3 percent in 2010.
The average age of a person with a primary-care physician was 52.4 years in 2019.
The number in the United States has also been declining.
In 2020, there are about 8,500 dentists per 100,000 people, down from 9,000 in 2020, according Data from the American Dental Association.
But, despite the trend of dental practice growing in Canada and in the U.S., some dentists say there are challenges.
Dentist Dr. Mark Meehan said he does not know of any major shortage in the profession.
“I’m pretty sure it’s not as bad as the number is getting in the States,” he said.
“The dentists are in a position where they don’t have the luxury of having a family to support, they have to be very careful that they don.
But, at the same time, the profession is expanding.
The demand is increasing and there are lots of people coming in.”
According the 2017 census, there is an estimated 5.9 million people aged 18 to 65 in Canada who do not work in their own teeth.
If you or someone you know is experiencing dental health issues or has dental health concerns, please call the toll-free number for your community, including BC Health.
You can also contact a local dental clinic, the Vancouver General Hospital, or your local dental health provider.
You can also report your dental health to Health Canada online, by calling 1-800-463-1234 or by filling out an online survey.
SOURCE: Business Insider