Dentistry: It’s All in the Family

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Dentists have relatives in dentistry

In this survey, 66% of dentists reported that they have a close relative in the dental profession.

 "Dental schools once took this into consideration with dentists’ children who applied," mentioned one dentist. "They know the field, the life, and are more likely to give better service because they aren’t there for the money."

Here’s how it breaks down:

  • 22% of dentists had a parent in dentistry
  • 16% have a child in dentistry
  • 16% have a sibling in dentistry
  • 30% have another relative in the dental industry

A long family tradition

  • “My mother, aunt, grandfather, and great aunt were all dentists." (District of Columbia dentist)
  • “I am a third generation dentist." (Florida oral surgeon)

Dentistry doesn’t run in every family

  • "I am the only one in my family with a college degree." (South Dakota dentist)
  • “Most of my family members have too much good sense to work like I do!" (California dentist)

Love it

  • “I have a son and daughter as partners in my practice. It’s great for all of us!" (New Jersey dentist)
  • “It's a great profession." (Florida pediatric dentist)

How do you discipline family?

  • “This can be good because you can have someone else watching the practice while the doctor is treating patients. However, handling reprimands can be very challenging." (Tennessee dentist)
  • "This is tricky because firing a family member is not very comfortable." (Illinois periodontist)
  • "The Pennsylvania state board is making it harder for this to occur. It's unprofessional to have a relationship with someone else in your office…." (Pennsylvania dental professional)

Who are these dental students today?

  • “Dental schools once took this into consideration with dentists’ children who applied. They know the field, the life, and are more likely to give better service because they aren't there for the money. Sadly, now it’s often the opposite. My daughter had a 3.3 in college, 19 on the DAT and they gave her hell. She finally gave up and did an MBA. Now I am seeing former patients get into dental schools… they ask me for extracted teeth, have worse grades, don't know what a prosthodontist is, and don't even know the name of the degree they will get when they get out." (Florida oral surgeon)

 

Note: Survey sample included 64 respondents.

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