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Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE) Licenses by Year

Here is the data for the number of NEW dental licenses obtained under an open records request from the TSBDE:

2005:   474

2006:   547

2007:   579

2008:   701

2009:   764

2010:   1070

2011:   973

2012:   969

2013:   1049

2014:   1012

2015:   981

The Texas population in 2005 was 22.86 million and in 2015 was 27.47 million or an increase of 4.61 million.  The new dental licenses issued by the TSBDE during that same period was 9,119.  If using the numbers by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board of 1 dentist per 3,000 population, then the Texas population would have needed to grow by 27.35 million in order to absorb that incredible increase in dentists.  Unfortunately this did not happen.

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