What dentist pay, supply looks like in the best states for dental health

The states ranked for having the best dental health vary in the number of dentists, average salary and reimbursements rates for dental care. 

Becker's compiled data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics's May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics, the American Dental Association, the Kaiser Family Foundation's dentist supply and shortage area rankings.

Top 10 states with the best dental health

Connecticut

Average annual salary: $197,910

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 37.5 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 67.2 percent

No. of dentists: 1,745

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 38

 

Washington, D.C.

Average annual salary: $181,410

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 77.3 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 79.6 percent

No. of dentists: 474

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 12

 

Massachusetts

Average annual salary: $175,140

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 50.8 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 69.9 percent

No. of dentists: 3,870

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 56

 

Hawaii

Average annual salary: $177,820

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: N/A

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 51.4 percent

No. of dentists: 718

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 33

 

New Jersey

Average annual salary: N/A

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: N/A

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 73.9 percent

No. of dentists: 5,407

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 35

 

Illinois

Average annual salary: $136,930

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 38.2 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 46.8 percent

No. of dentists: 6,455

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 208

 

Washington

Average annual salary: $182,050

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 34.8 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 38.3 percent

No. of dentists: 3,894

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 173

 

Iowa

Average annual salary: $183,710

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 47.9 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 47.3 percent

No. of dentists: 1,106

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 131

 

Michigan

Average annual salary: $178,250

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 31.9 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 37.7 percent

No. of dentists: 4,252

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 243

 

Ohio

Average annual salary: $180,920

Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental care: 50.1 percent

Medicaid reimbursement for pediatric dental care: 44 percent

No. of dentists: 4,354

No. of designated dental Health Professional Shortage Areas: 145

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