Dental education and practice: past, present, and future trends

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This position paper explores the historical transitions and current trends in dental education and practice and attempts to predict the future. Dental education and practice landscape, especially after the COVID-19 epidemic, are at a crossroads. Four fundamental forces are shaping the future: the escalating cost of education, the laicization of dental care, the corporatization of dental care, and technological advances. Dental education will likely include individualized, competency-based, asynchronous, hybrid, face-to-face, and virtual education with different start and end points for students. Dental practice, similarly, will be hybrid, with both face-to-face and virtual opportunities for patient care. Artificial intelligence will drive efficiencies in diagnosis, treatment, and office management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1368121
JournalFrontiers in Oral Health
StatePublished - 2024


  • dental
  • dentists
  • education
  • future
  • oral health
  • practice
  • trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oral Surgery
  • Dentistry (miscellaneous)
  • Periodontics


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