Some states lack enough dental practitioners, and some states have no dental staff at all, a new study shows.
A joint effort by The Hill and the California Association of State Dentists found that, for every 100,000 people in the country, there are about 6,000 unqualified dentists and 5,400 unqualified dental assistants, according to the study.
The shortage of dental workers, as well as the lack of dentists in many rural areas, is leading to higher rates of dental complications and tooth decay, the study found.
The study found that in the first quarter of 2017, 1,828 people were killed and 1,084 were hospitalized due to dental complications due to poor dental hygiene.
It also found that more than 60,000 Americans died from tooth decay in 2016, including 6,700 in California alone.
In the first two quarters of 2018, 5,500 people died from dental complications in California, compared to 1,500 in the same period in 2017.
In California, the state with the highest number of dental practitioners per 100,00 residents was San Francisco, with 1,622.
But it had the second-highest number of unqualified providers per 100 and per 100 residents.
In Los Angeles County, there were 2,743 unqualified practitioners, compared with 1.715 in San Francisco.
In San Diego County, 1.619 practitioners were unqualified and 1.072 were qualified, according the study, published Thursday.
The California Association for State Dentistry’s executive director, Karen DeLong, said that while the state’s shortage of providers is significant, the shortage of dentistry is not unique.
DeLong said that the shortage is happening in a state that already had high rates of health care coverage.
She said that more patients are receiving dental care in the state, but that the state is struggling to meet demand.
“People are paying more for dental care,” she said.
“But they’re not getting the quality of care.”
The study was conducted by The Association of California Dental Hygienists, which represents over 1,000 dental hygienist organizations.
In 2016, the group estimated that California had about 2,000 registered dentists, but only about half were licensed.
In 2016, a study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that only 4.5 percent of all Americans had dental insurance, according a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
In contrast, in 2016 about 12.3 percent of U.K. adults had dental coverage.
In the U, there is a gap of 5.4 percent, according data from the British Dental Association.
A spokesperson for the California Department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery said that dentists are not paid enough, which makes it difficult to get qualified.
“It’s a tough job and it’s not as lucrative as other jobs,” said the spokesperson, Jennifer Williams.
“So we’re trying to make sure we can get the workers we need to do this job.”
Williams said that it’s difficult to recruit dentists who are paid well.
She also said that dental schools are underfunded, which can make it difficult for dentists to get the dental training they need to practice.
DeYoung said that although the state of California is making progress in providing dental training, there needs to be more of an emphasis on dental school enrollees.
“When we talk about the dental workforce, we need a lot more people,” she told The Hill.
“We need to look at dental care, not just the dentists.”