Washington state has the highest number of dental offices in the country, and its population is expected to grow by more than 7.4 percent in the next decade, according to a study published Thursday by the state’s health department.
The state also has the largest population of dentist supply stores in the U.S. and has a population of more than 5.3 million people, which is more than twice the size of California.
The study said more than 9,000 dental offices nationwide have closed since 2012.
The Washington Post’s Sarah Binder reports from the University of Washington’s Dental Center.
The number of dentistry jobs has dropped significantly since the 2008 recession.
A study by the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health in New York in 2012 showed that more than 1,400 dentists lost their jobs in the state between 2007 and 2010.
A separate study released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October showed that the number of Americans receiving dental care dropped by more half between 2010 and 2015, from a high of 2.5 million to 1.3 to 1 million.
The dental workforce is expected in the future to shrink by about 10 percent, according a report by the National Association of Dental Hygienists.
That’s because many people are retiring, retiring at a much slower rate than they used to and because more of the work will be performed by dental assistants and dental hygienist assistants.
The federal government estimates that more people will be required to work at more dental offices during the next few decades because more people are living in urban areas and are choosing to live in apartments and condos rather than townhouses and apartments.
The government also says the number one reason people are losing their jobs is because of the recession, when employers were forced to lay off workers in order to pay for health insurance and other benefits.
The decline in dental jobs has led to shortages in some areas of the country.
New York City, for example, has about 3,700 dental offices, but about 30 percent of the dental supply stores there are closed, according the dental union.
The union also said some states are experiencing shortages of dental workers because some of them do not have the training to handle the work.
For example, California has about 200 dental offices but about 700 dental supply shops.
The California Dental Association said in a statement Thursday that the state “continues to experience significant supply challenges,” and that its members have urged the state Legislature to pass a bill to help solve those shortages.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.