Length of dentist's careers over 20 years

The average dentist's career lasted 40.4 years in 2021, according to the American Dental Association.

Though career spans have generally been increasing over the past two decades, 2021 saw a slight drop as dentists shaved a year off of the length of their careers, going from 41.4 years in 2020 to 40.4 years in 2021.

This data comes from a report from the American Dental Association published in March.

Below is the average career span of dentists from 2001-21:

2001 — 37.9 years

2002 — 37.8 years

2003 — 38.3 years

2004 — 38.2 years

2005 — 39 years

2006 — 39.2 years

2007 — 39.8 years

2008 — 39.4 years

2009 — 40.2 years

2010 — 41 years

2011 — 40.9 years

2012 — 40.9 years

2013 — 41.3 years

2014 — 41.6 years

2015 — 41.6 years

2016 — 41.7 years

2017 — 41.4 years

2018 — 41.8 years

2019 — 41.3 years

2020 — 41.4 years

2021 — 40.4 years

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