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HPI: Average dentist retires later

August 20, 2018
Retirement graph

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, the average dentist currently retires just before they turn 69, although back in 2001 their average retirement age was about 65. 

In an infographic published Aug. 20, HPI uses 2017 data to look at the exit rate for retiring dentists in the U.S. and also projects that by 2037, the number of U.S. dentists will outpace the U.S. population growth during that same stretch.

HPI defines “exit rate” as the number of practicing dentists who retire, leave the U.S., let their license lapses, or who pass away over a 5-year period. Exit rates reached a low point in the years right after the great recession in 2008.

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