Accession Number : ADA481296


Title :   The Shortage of Dentists: A Risk to National Security?


Descriptive Note : Strategy research project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Grimes, Donn A


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a481296.pdf


Report Date : 19 Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 49


Abstract : The United States military relies on dental readiness as a key component of a service members' medical readiness status. Excellent oral health is a force multiplier because the dental emergency rate diminishes when the oral health status of the force increases. In recent years the Army's dental accessions have dropped to all time lows and there are an insufficient number of dentists in the Corp to handle the current workload. At the present time there are sufficient numbers to accomplish the dental readiness mission. The threat of a national shortage of dentists is rising and the ratio of dentists to the general US population continues to decline as the population increases faster than new dentists enter the field. Factors contributing to a potential national dental care crisis and its effect on the dental readiness of the United States military are outlined in this paper. Specific areas considered are oral disease as it relates to the nation and by extension to the military mission to maintain dental readiness; delineation of the recruiting pool; and an analysis on why the military is unsuccessful in attracting and retaining dental officers. The discussion will include a number of recommendations and a conclusion.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *PERSONNEL RETENTION , *DENTISTS , UNITED STATES , EMERGENCIES , RISK , OPERATIONAL READINESS , DENTISTRY , ORAL HEALTH , SHORTAGES , POPULATION , MISSIONS , WORKLOAD , RECRUITS


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE