Tuesday, March 21, 2017
There are more dentists in the city of Los Angeles than there are in the entire state of Missouri. You read that correctly, at least that was correct that last time I checked.
Despite the fact that there are 2 dental schools in the state, Missouri, in certain rural areas, still suffers from a lack of providers. This goes for both dentists and hygienists. Of course the larger metropolitan areas like St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield have plenty of providers, but some rural areas are flat out desperate for someone to take care of them. If I was a young doctor and someone about to graduate, I’d be taking a really long look at these underserved areas. Imagine being the only dentist in the county? Think you could get a practice off the ground in that environment?
Having been involved in organized dentistry, I knew that this problem was present, but I didn’t know it was becoming as critical as it is. So when I saw this article in Columbia Missourian, I thought I would share it. Needless to say there are lots of people out there who need dental care and doctors looking to start practices should definitely be considering them. Here is part of the article:
COLUMBIA — In the early 1950s, Scotland County, Missouri, had a problem — zero dentists.
Posted by John Flucke at 06:00