NEW YORK — Dentists nationwide reported a record number of patients requiring dental work last year, according to a report released Wednesday by the American Dental Association.
The dental association said dental offices across the country reported 2.2 million dental procedures in the first quarter, up from 2.1 million in the previous year.
The increase in demand from people seeking to get their teeth fixed is particularly alarming given the state of the economy.
The American Drol Association said dental workers had to perform 1.8 million procedures last year.
The average age of a dental office worker in 2016 was 38, up slightly from 37.3 years in 2015.
That’s up from 37 in 2015, but down from the peak of 40 in the mid-1980s.
Dr. Robert A. Cavanaugh, president of the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, said the increase in need was troubling.
“The American Dolly Association estimates that in the next 30 years there will be an increase in dental patients requiring procedures in a state of emergency or in a crisis situation,” Cavanaugh said.
“If we don’t do something to address this, it is going to have a serious impact on our ability to provide care to the people who need it the most.”
The dental association also said in the report that there was a spike in the number of residents needing dental work during the summer months, and an increase of 6% in the demand for emergency dental care.