DENTAL DENTIST LISA GORDON was once a regular in New York City, but after moving to Lakeview in 2013, the former dental assistant stopped taking the dentures she received at a local clinic.
She’s since found a new dental practice and said she wants to be an equal partner.
“I’ve had a lot of people tell me that, ‘You’re just a normal person, you’re a nice person,'” she said.
“But they haven’t done anything.
They haven’t given me any support, they haven-“” I want to give back.”
Gordon’s story was shared with me by one of my editors, which has led to a conversation about dental inequality in the United States.
The story is an interesting one, because the issues it raises are not new.
Dental inequality is prevalent across the U.S. And while there’s been some progress over the past decade, there’s still a long way to go, experts say.
One of the most common misconceptions is that dental professionals are paid the same as dental assistants.
In fact, the pay gap is about $500 to $600 a year for a single, full-time dentist, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine.
But that difference in pay is not a result of the differences in skills, Gordan said.
She said she has seen the gap widen over the years and that, as a result, she’s started looking for a different profession.
“I don’t think I’m any better than my dental assistant,” she said, adding that she thinks there are better options available.
“My job is not to make a denture.”
Dental experts say that in the U, dentists are paid based on their skills, not their position in the profession.
“There are no requirements in a job description that are based on what you can do,” said Dr. Amy Chia, the executive director of the American Dental Association.
“So a dental assistant can do anything a dentist can do, but the person who’s working for that dentist is paid based upon the amount of time they put in.”
For dental care, it’s not only about getting the patient the right care.
Donts are also the ones who decide how much care is needed.
And, in the absence of a dentist, there is no one who can answer that question.
While the number of dental assistants in the workforce is declining, the practice of dentistry is changing.
It’s also changing rapidly.
In the past 15 years, the number is down about 50 percent, according a recent report from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
As a result for some of the same reasons dentists have been dropping in numbers, many people are also looking for new ways to access their dental care.
“People have moved into nursing, and they’re moving into other things,” Chia said.
For people like Gordan, a job in dental care means more time to devote to their dental needs, and that can be challenging.
But, in addition to being a dental associate, Gordon said she’s also an advocate for people like herself.
“Dental care is not just about my teeth,” she added.
“It’s about giving back to my community.”
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