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    The best and worst states to work in a dental practice: 2017

    From 1 to 50, we looked at each state to see how it really stacks up for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and dental front office team members.

     

    Illinois

    (tied with Nebraska)

    Despite being home to bustling Chicago, Illinois doesn’t particularly distinguish itself in many of our 10 categories—but then, it doesn’t rank particularly low either! Folks in Illinois have the best oral health in the country, probably stemming from their high-ranking dental habits, and enjoy an average cost of living. Average rankings for residents on Medicaid or uninsured bring the Land of Lincoln down, and may contribute to the low number of people who visited the dentist last year (Illinois ranked 32 out of 50 in this category). 

     

    Median income 18 Financial savvy 13
    Dental habits 9 Education 16
    Oral health 1 Safety/crime 20
    Overall well-being 26 % uninsured 20
    Cost of living 21 % on Medicaid 27
    % who visited dentist in last year 32 Total score 203

     

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