Dental Spending Increases in 2018

Dentistry Today


Dental spending reached a historic high of $136 billion or 3.7% of total health spending in the United States in 2018, according to the second annual Dental Industry Report from the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI).

“The latest data show a slight recovery in the dental care economy in terms of overall dental spending, fueled by an uptick in utilization and spending among patients with private dental insurance,” said Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist and vice president of HPI.  

The report features a deep dive into dentist reimbursement, including a unique, comprehensive analysis of state-level data, the ADA says. The report also covers the increasingly diverse dental workforce and changes in key populations of dental patients served.

Also, the report distills findings from HPI data collections to provide insight into the state of the dental industry and market trends. It was compiled by HPI Consulting Services, which provides customized industry research and speaking engagements.

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