This has been discussed a lot on this forum...there's no way of telling really, we can only go by stats from year to year...get the highest GPA you can and then hope for the best when your time comes...good luck!
All signs point to dental school getting more competitive. But remember that there are few schools that actually have a minimum GPA cut-off. A 2.5 might be enough to get you in if the remainder of your application is stellar.
One thing about the future is for sure. In 5 years we will all be driving flying cars.
Dental school predictions of higher competition has been posted in many articles and new publications, but there is only so much more competition that can be increased. There will always be room for 3.1'ers!! Remember one thing.. "Diversity is the key"
i definately agree that there is a cycle. My uncle got in in the 80's and he is shocked at how competitve it is. He was recruited by schools, and he had a lower GPA than me...and i'm struggling. I see apps starting to decline when 1) people that are getting in now realize they hate it, and don't encourage others to do it, and 2)when the economy changes.
Also, i'm sure there will be aspects of dentistry that become unappealing to people.