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by Jarod Johnson, DDS
Jarod Johnson, DDS, earned a bachelor's
degree in biomedical engineering from
the University of Iowa in 2009 and his DDS
from the same school in 2013. He earned a
certificate in pediatric dentistry from the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of
Dental Medicine. Johnson is a diplomate of
the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry
and has received advanced training
in behavior management, sedation,
hospital dentistry, trauma, special health care needs, interceptive
orthodontics, space maintenance, oral hygiene and dietary counseling.
He enjoys educating children and their families on the importance of
oral health so they can establish good habits for a lifetime of smiles.

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With the increasing costs of dental education, student
debt is a concern for recent graduates. In 2016 it was
estimated that the average dental student graduates with
$261,149 in student debt.1 While there are many programs
available for student loan forgiveness through government
programs at federally qualified health centers,2 there are
limited opportunities for new graduates to establish a
career in private practice.
One state's situation-and solution
Iowa, for example, has a dental health care shortage because of its aging
population of dentists. Most dentists who practice in the state are near
retirement age; a 2016 survey showed that half were over age 50, and 29
percent were over 60.3 As those dentists retire, the state could face a shortage
to serve rural communities-which is even more problematic considering
89 of Iowa's 99 counties already have been identified as "high-priority
counties," meaning they're short in dental health professionals.4
In 2008, the state of Iowa introduced a plan to attract and retain
dentists to rural communities. The Iowa FIND Project will pay up to
$100,000 of educational debt for dentists who:
* agree to allocate 35 percent of their patient load to "underserved"
patients,
* have at least $50,000 in educational debt,
* and are fully trained and licensed, and in good standing with the
dental board.5
Since its inception, 32 private-practice dentists have been chosen for
the program and provided more than 354,000 services to the 115,000-plus
patients in Iowa who qualify as underserved.6 (The category includes
the elderly; children under age 3; nursing home residents; noninsured
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