Florida’s sunshine, lack of state taxes and wealthy seniors have created a glut of dentists on every street corner.
It is a fallacy that there is a shortage of dentists. Graduates of Florida’s three dental schools have a difficult time finding positions. That is why corporate dentistry has flourished in the state, with a glut of dental graduates willing to take lower-paying jobs.
The supply of dentists is proportionate to demand: if there is a wealthy populace, there will be an ample supply of dentists. The “underserved” areas are either too rural to support a dentist’s practice or the residents are financially not capable of paying the high fees.
The only “shortage” of dental care is for individuals who have no money — the poorest who qualify for free dental care through Medicaid.