The share of dentists in private practices who are owners has declined overall since 2005, reports the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI). The trend is much more pronounced for younger dentists than for older ones. Dentists under the age of 35 have seen a decline of practice ownership of 44% in 2005 to 28.4% in 2017, and dentists aged between 55 and 64 showed a small decline from 93.8% to 92.3% over the same period, according to the HPI figures. Meanwhile, the data indicate that female dentists are less likely than male dentists to own a practice. In 2005, 66.8% of female dentists were owners; in 2017, the comparable figure was 63.4%.
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