ADA: U.S. dental spending remains flat

Dental care spending remained flat through 2012 over the prior year, according to an analysis conducted by the ADA.

The ADA analysis points to working age adults visiting dentists less frequently and fewer people covered by employer-sponsored dental benefits, as a couple of the key factors.

The research, conducted by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC), found that national dental care expenditure reached $111 billion in 2012, roughly the same as the previous year when adjusted for inflation. When population growth is taken into account, dental spending has been flat since 2008. The analysis covers three years of post-Great Recession recovery.

According to a statement by the ADA, U.S. health spending, overall, during the last four years has “grown at the slowest rates ever recorded in the 53-year history of the National Health Expenditure Accounts, reflecting the lagged effects of the recent economic recession. Dental spending, however, began to slow in the early 2000s before the onset of the recession.”

Read the full research brief "U.S. Dental Spending Remains Flat Through 2012" at ada.org.