Dentist Retirement Survey Press Release


Retirement for Dentists: These Days, It's Totally Optional

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Dental Boards and Marketing: dental survey results(San Francisco, California) – A recent Wealthy Dentist survey asked dentists about their retirement plans. Two-thirds of our dentist respondents say that they expect to choose keep working part-time to keep themselves busy. Only 13% replied that they're on track financially and will retire completely once their financial goals are fully met. One in five dentists would like to retire, but aren't sure they will be financially able to afford it.

Overall, specialists seem to be in better financial shape than general dentists – not surprising, given the higher salaries of dental specialists. However, they're also significantly less likely to be planning a total retirement. The vast majority (92%) of specialists
report that they plan to keep working part-time even after their financial goals are met.

When asked about their target retirement age, the difference between specialists and general dentists became even more apparent. The average age at which a general practitioner expects to retire is 64 years old. Specialists, on the other hand, are planning to retire at 58 – an average of six years before their colleagues practicing general dentistry.

Other factors did play into a dentist's retirement expectations. In this survey, female dentists were nearly twice as likely as their male colleagues to worry that they will not be able to afford to retire. And while 17% of male dentists plan to retire fully and comfortably, not a single female respondents reported the same thing.

Geographically speaking, most dentists are in the same boat. However, rural dentists are almost twice as likely as their urban or suburban counterparts to say that they doubt they will be financially able to retire.

"The Baby Boomers are turning 60, making this an excellent time to discuss retirement," said Jim Du Molin, dental consultant and founder of dental marketing resource The Wealthy Dentist. "And with how long we all are expected to live, a lot of folks will discover they don't have the money to fully retire. Plus, once these dentists do retire, I expect we'll see a critical shortage of dentists in this country."


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