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In brief: The top-paying medical careers in 2022, including dentistry

Aug. 22, 2022
Learn the highest-paying dental career that also experienced the largest year-over-year growth in pay for medical jobs in 2022; oral signs of monkeypox; and more.
Elizabeth S. Leaver, Digital content manager

The highest-paying medical jobs in 2022

One dental specialty is among the top 10 highest paying medical jobs in 2022 and also boasts the highest year-over-year growth in medical pay from 2020 to 2021: during that time, oral and maxillofacial surgeons experienced the largest year-over-year growth in pay, 32.5%. Learn more from Forbes, including where other dental jobs fall for medical salaries.

Tobacco-free oral nicotine products popular with teens

New flavored tobacco-free oral nicotine products such as gums, gummies, and lozenges are gaining popularity among teens, with the products the second most commonly used, only behind e-cigarettes. The recent study is the result of a survey of some 3,500 adolescents, with researchers saying they were somewhat surprised at the results because of the products’ newness but noting that they “do have several features that could appeal to young people. They tend to resemble candy and come in sweet flavors, and brands have engaged in widespread online media campaigns.”

Monkeypox signs to watch for

The CDC is urging health-care providers to be on the lookout for symptoms of monkeypox, including oral lesions, and refer them for testing. While an uncommon way to be transmitted, the disease can through respiratory secretions when people have prolonged face-to-face contact. Monkeypox lesions can resemble other well-known conditions such as cold sores (herpes simplex), canker sores, lesions of hand-foot-mouth disease, or trauma.

Kidney failure and poor oral health

Among patients with kidney failure, poor oral health is independently associated with increased risks of peritonitis—inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall and covering the abdominal organs—and death, according to the results of a study. As well, data showed that one in four patients with kidney failure also has poor oral health, including “higher rates of decayed, missing, and filled teeth, dental plaque, loss of attachment, xerostomia, gingivitis, periodontitis, as well as mouth and jaw-bone lesions, than the general population.”

About the Author

Elizabeth S. Leaver | Digital content manager

Elizabeth S. Leaver was the digital content manager for Endeavor Business Media's dental group from 2021-2024. She has a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and many years of experience working in niche industries specializing in creating content, editing, content marketing, and publishing digital and magazine content. She lives in the Boston area.