North Dakota sees steady increase in dentistsNorth Dakota has seen a steady increase in the number of dentists practicing in the state in recent years. Nearly 400 dentists now practice in the state, up from 320 five years ago, according to the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners.
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota has seen a steady increase in the number of dentists practicing in the state in recent years.
Nearly 400 dentists now practice in the state, up from 320 five years ago, according to the North Dakota Board of Dental Examiners.
North Dakota Dental Association executive director Joseph Cichy told the Bismarck Tribune that membership in the organization has increased 20 percent in the past decade, and the increase in the past few years has been particularly notable.
Young dentists who are originally from the state are choosing to come back, Cichy said. Older dentists are moving to North Dakota because of the economic boom, he said.
"I think those that come back like the lifestyle," Cichy said.
Jacinda Simmons of the Board of Dental Examiners said the board has issued 34 licenses in North Dakota this year and 37 last year. She said the board has seen a rise in license applications from bigger cities like Bismarck and Fargo, but also in places like Williston, Dickinson and Minot.
Bismarck dentist Derik Hoerner grew up on a farm north of Richardton and returned to North Dakota after graduating from the Creighton School of Dentistry in 2009.
Hoener said Bismarck is the city of choice for young dentists mainly because many do not want to deal with the craziness of the state's oil patch.
"I think it really boils down to quality of life," Hoerner said.
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