The state of dentistry in Texas: 10 facts to know

Here are 10 things to know about the dental industry in Texas:

  1. Texas was given a score of 0 out of 32 for the extensiveness of its adult Medicaid dental coverage.
  2. Texas is one of 10 states with the greatest need for dental practitioners. The state needs 445 more to change the health professional shortage area designation from high to low.
  3. Texas has 317 HRSA-designated shortage areas.
  4. The state has 11,708 active general dentists.
  5. Five Texas dental schools were ranked among the best in the world.
  6. Texas A&M University in College Station is among the top 10 best U.S. colleges for dental hygienists, periodontics, pediatric dentistry and pedodontics and oral surgery.
  7. Texas landed No. 28 on the list of states for dentists to live and work ranked from best to worst.
  8. Texas landed No. 47 on a list of U.S. states ranked for dental health from best to worst.
  9. Texas is home to Carrollton-based MB2 Dental, one of the largest DSOs in the U.S. 
  10. Here is the average annual salary for five dental roles in the state:
    1. General dentists: $150,060
    2. Oral surgeon: $271,196
    3. Orthodontist: $250,242
    4. Dental assistants: $38,370
    5. Dental hygienists: $75,970

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