General population demographics are undergoing dramatic changes. Long-term customary populations that provided the bulwark for successful dental practices are being replaced by the many minority populations. Despite these significant general population developments, the demographic profile of the dental profession has experienced (and, apparently, based on dental student populations, will continue to experience) limited changes. The economic strength of the profession may well be predicated upon its responses to these developments. The question remains, "Is the profession preparing for them?".