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CareCredit, a well-respected company offering dental care financing options for patients, has been endorsed by the ADA Business Resources division since 2001. In late 2016, CareCredit received a seven-year extension of the ADA endorsement. Among stipulations a company must meet in order to receive ADA endorsement: the company must be an industry leader, offer a higher-than-the-norm service standard, and give ADA members preferred pricing. The payment options offered by CareCredit allow patients to accept treatment that they could not afford otherwise. Cases most often financed by patients via CareCredit exceed $1,000. Flexible payment plans offered by CareCredit, a third party, means increased case acceptance without the dentist having to make financial arrangements with individual patients for high dollar cases. For more information visit carecredit.com/dental.
The 115th U.S. Congress has four dentists serving as representatives. These are Dr. Mike Simpson, Idaho 2nd District; Dr. Paul Gosar, Arizona 4th District; Dr. Brian Babin, Texas 36th District; and Dr. Drew Ferguson, Georgia 3rd District. Cheers for these colleagues who are serving their constituents at the expense of continuing their own dental careers.
Dentists took the #1 spot for 2017 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of Best Jobs of the Year. Rounding out the top-ten list: nurse practitioners, physician assistants, statisticians, nurse anesthetists, pediatricians, computer system analysts, and obstetricians/gynecologists. General dentists took the top spot with orthodontists at #5 and oral and maxillofacial surgeons at #9 in the top ten list. Criteria by which the top ten are chosen: 10-year growth by volume and by percentage, job prospects, employment rate, median salary, stress level of the job, and overall balance of work and life. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted general dentistry employment growth of 18% in the decade between 2014 - 2024 with 23,300 new job openings. Congratulations, dental practitioners!