State of dentistry in Louisiana: 12 things to know

Here are 12 things to know about dentistry in Louisiana:

  • What three dental roles earn on average per year in the state:
  • There are 1,740 active general dentists in Louisiana.
  • Louisiana has 176 dental professional shortage areas.
  • The state received a score of 8 out of 32 for the extensiveness of its adult Medicaid dental coverage.
  • Louisiana was ranked No. 46 by WalletHub on a list of states ranked for dental health.
  • In 2022, 8% of dentists in the state were affiliated with a DSO.
  • Louisiana placed 43rd on a list released by Zippia of best states for dentists to live and work. 
  • There is one dental school in the state — Louisiana State University School of Dentistry in New Orleans.
  • The average out-of-pocket cost to visit a dentist in Louisiana is $116.35.
  • Over 40% of adults in the state have not visited a dentist in the past year. 

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