New research indicates private practice ownership for dentists is steadily declining among all age groups – and is especially falling among younger dentists. The demographic with the biggest decline in practice ownership was dentists age 35 and under: 44% were practice owners in 2005, compared with 38.2% in 2015. Dentists aged between 35-44 registered the second-biggest decline: 83.4% owned practices in 2005, against 78.7% in 2015. Meanwhile, the proportion of dentists aged 55-64 who own practices fell to 92.3% in 2015 from 93.8% in 2005. Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., chief economist and vice president of the ADA Health Policy Institute, says the trends will continue.

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