Data Bites: More dentists plan on working longer

Although more dentists are delaying retirement, you don't have to be part of the trend. In this month's "Data Bite," Dr. Levin looks at the latest dentist retirement data and offers analysis.

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Although more dentists are delaying retirement, you don't have to be part of the trend. In this month's "Data Bite," Dr. Levin looks at the latest dentist retirement data and offers analysis.

More dentists believe it will take longer to reach retirement, according to the 2016 Dental Economics–Levin Group Annual Practice Survey. Nearly half (46%) of survey participants said changes in the economy are forcing them to continue practicing past their expected retirement date. That response represents a 4% increase over the previous year’s survey.

Dentist Retirement Age

Even though the Great Recession officially ended in 2009, many dentists are still grappling with the lingering effects of a sluggish economy. In addition, dentist retirement data can be linked to seismic changes occurring within dentistry, including:

All these factors have put downward pressure on practice production and doctor income for many owners of solo practices. Yet, in spite of the current challenges, there are many practices doing extremely well. In fact, the majority of dentists still say the economy hasn’t affected their retirement plans.

If you’re concerned about your ability to retire when you want to, my advice to you is simply this:

  • Learn everything you can about the business of dentistry
  • Implement high-performance systems and train your team on those systems
  • Market your services year-round
  • Get business help from experts if you need it

Do those four things, and practice success will take care of itself.


Author's note: Need CE for 2017?Attend one of Dr. Levin’s upcoming “Building the Ultimate Practice” seminars in Tampa, Chicago, Austin, or Columbia (Maryland). Visit levingroup.com/gpseminars for more information.

Roger P. Levin, DDS, is the founder and CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental consulting firm. A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Levin presents practice management seminars throughout the country.


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