By Tony Edwards, editor in chief

June 12, 2018 -- Twice as many professionally active dentists practice in California as the next state with the most active dentists, according to new data published on May 31 from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The data break down information about professionally active U.S. dentists in 2018 by state.

Of all the states and the District of Columbia, California has the most dentists at 29,263 (see infographic below). However, this number is down almost 4,000 from 2015's reported number of 33,242. As noted above, California's total more than doubles New York's 14,307 active dentists. Wyoming has the fewest dentists at 285.

Overall, the foundation reports 187,367 professionally active dentists are in the U.S., down from 2015's count of 210,187 dentists.

View the infographic below to learn more information about the number of dentists in the U.S. in 2018.

The data are from the Kaiser Family Foundation, drawn from a special data request for dental data by the ADA from Redi-Data in March 2018.

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