In June 1976, a study was undertaken by the Health Manpower Planning and Linkage Project to produce a detailed report on dental manpower in South Dakota. Background information and data, assessments, projections, and recommendations for dental manpower in South Dakota are provided. The assessments provide a thorough and careful analysis of the availability and adequacy of dental manpower in South Dakota. The projections aim at determining the paths to the future and the impact of strategies to effect change. Recommendations urge that the future of South Dakota includes the quantity and quality of dental care adequate to the attainment of good oral health. Charts, tables, and maps illustrate the data presented. Appendixes contain: a map of dental trade areas; a summary of the activities of the Dental Subcommittee; a list of Dental Subcommittee Mailings; Association Business 1974 Committee Reports; and a 1977 South Dakota Dental Association Survey of Dentists.