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Average age of dentist?


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November 22, 2011 5:50PM

Well .. according to studies, dentists are ages range from 25-50. Many dentists become dentists after they graduate from college so are in their early 20s. They don't always start out at the top, but may be assistants or secretaries first.

Older dentists seem to retire from dentistry around the age of 50. This is when they are no longer able to stand patients and give up on making money. They have made enough money to live happily and maybe by a few extra houses.

Whoever wrote this doesn't know what he or she is talking about. First off, dental school is four years of school AFTER college. If he specializes, then its another 2-5 years, on top of that. Therefore, someone doesn't become a dentist until he or she is, at the youngest, 25 or 26. Plus, many begin dental school after grad school or working, thus adding several more years. I had several classmates where were already in their late 20's or early 30's when they started dental school.

As far as retiring at age 50, I know of not one dentist who was able to retire at 50. I'm 56 and plan to work until, at least 65, if not 70. The dentists I bought my practice from, both didn't retire until their late 60's and 70's. Many dentist HAVE to work until their 70's because of the high costs of equipment and running a practice.

Very few dentists become "rich" from dentistry. According to several sites I checked, the average income for dentists is below $150,000. One site had it at $106,000, nationally. One can make a good living being a dentist, and with good, sound investments, can become very well off. However, only a few dentist ever become "rich" from dentistry, alone.