Citizens of Iowa, get ready — you may need to wait a while before your next dental appointment. According to officials, smaller towns will be the first hit by Iowa?s aging dentist demographic — more than 50% of dentists in the state are expected to retire soon. Experts point out that when dentists move from rural communities into big cities, it can often encourage a downward health spiral for those areas that have to deal with a dental shortage.
Dentists Aren?t as Interested in Rural Communities
Part of the issue, according to a local dental office manager Lois Kern, is that dentistry itself is changing — many dentists are going into corporate dentistry, in part due to the high costs of opening practices in small communities. As the price of education continues to rise, m
More than 60% of Americans have visited a dental office in the past year. However, visiting a dentist twice a year is what is recommended to maintain dental health, and 40% of the country is not even visiting a single time. This can be problematic as people age and small problems and neglect add up to much bigger dental problems.
Only about 20% of men brush their teeth after each meal, even though that is what is recommended. Only about 60% of women brush twice a day. On top of this, three quarters of Americans do not replace their tooth brushes as often as they should to maximize their oral health. These all might seem like minor problems, but as this mild neglect adds up over years and decades, it can translate into tooth decay, tooth loss, and other more serious and noticeable problems later in life.