State of dentistry in Iowa: 12 things to know

Here are 12 things to know about dentistry in Iowa:

  • What three dental roles earn on average per year in the state:
  • There are 1,297 active general dentists in Iowa.
  • Iowa has 154 dental professional shortage areas.
  • The state received a score of 25 out of 32 for the extensiveness of its adult Medicaid dental coverage.
  • Iowa was ranked No. 12 by WalletHub on a list of states ranked for dental health.
  • In 2022, 8 percent of dentists in the state were affiliated with a DSO.
  • Iowa placed 40th on a list released by Zippia of best states for dentists to live and work. 
  • There is one dental school in the state — The University of Iowa College of Dentistry and Dental Clinics in Iowa City.
  • The average out-of-pocket cost to visit a dentist in Iowa is $91.72.
  • Over 32 percent of adults in the state have not visited a dentist in the past year.

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