State of dentistry in Missouri: 13 things to know

Here are 13 things to know about dentistry in Missouri:

  • What five dental roles earn on average per year in the state:
  • There are 2,486 active general dentists in Missouri.
  • Missouri has 344 dental professional shortage areas.
  • The state received a score of 13 out of 32 for the extensiveness of its adult Medicaid dental coverage.
  • Missouri was ranked No. 30 by WalletHub on a list of states ranked for dental health.
  • In 2021, 46.4 percent of dentists in the state practiced solo.
  • Missouri placed 30th on a list released by Zippia of best states for dentists to live and work. 
  • The number of dental roles in the state increased 0.76 percent from 2019 to 2021, according to the American Institute of Dental Public Health. 
  • There are three dental schools in the state — Kansas City University College Dental Medicine, Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health in Kirksville and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. 

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