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Dentists are feeling the effects of the recession along with their patients, as a new report published in the Journal of the American Dental Association states that the salaries of U.S. dentists have been dropping steadily since 2005 due to fewer people utilising dental health professionals.
Medscape reported on the study, which found that real net income peaked at $217,850 in 2005 and fell to $192,680 in 2009. Before this, dentists salaries had gone up every year since 1981.
The study authors said that some of this drop could be due to the fact that more Americans are using fluoride and other preventative measures, causing them to need less professional dental care. However, they added that it's most likely due to the number of U.S. residents who cannot afford to see the dentist.
There is a dental health crisis in America. According to Spirit Dental, a report by the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging found more than 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance. These findings show that this lack of access to dental care is hurting both patients and dentists.
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