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Tacoma and teeth go hand in hand (or mouth); destiny and dentistry meet here

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on July 11, 2013 at 11:49 am with No Comments »
July 11, 2013 11:49 am

Agritourist golfing tooth practitioners, take note.

I’m not sure what an outfit called “valuepenguin” is or does, but it has named Tacoma as the best city in the country to be a dentist.

Valuepenguin said in a release this week: “With a median salary of $186,370, Tacoma ranks as the best place to be a dentist on our list. Dentists in Tacoma command the highest reported median salary across the U.S. There are 370 dentists serving the city, which is twice the national average of dentists employed in the typical U.S. city. With its natural and cultural attractions, Tacoma is a great place to be a dentist. After office hours, you can get in some agritourism, golfing or hiking at Mount Rainier – and with a low cost of living, you can unwind, eat and live without breaking the bank.”

The City of Destiny was followed in the Top 10 by Kokomo, Ind.; Coeur d’Alene, Ida.; Ocala, Fla.; Lawrence, Methuen and Salem, Mass.; Camden, N.J.; Columbus, Ohio; Tulsa, Okla.; Beaumont-Port Arthur, Tex., Albuquerque, N.M.

The company went on to say, in a general way, that the average salary for a dentist in the United States as of May last year was $171,204, and that salaries in the U.S. ranged from $44,830 in Puerto Rico to $248,410 in Spokane. The median salary for dentists, which Valuepenguin uses as the basis for the rankings, is $141,790. There are 79,110 dentists employed in the United States as of May 2012.

Greg Biersack, vice president of operations at Tacoma’s Burkhart Dental Supply, agreed that Tacoma is a good place to be a dentist. He cited especially the way in which consumers know and care about their teeth.

“At least in our experience it feel like the general population in Tacoma knows the value of going to a dentist. When that is the case, people tend to see the dentist on a regular basis. They don’t only go for emergency care,” Biersack sid.

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