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Growing number of dentists wouldn't recommend dentistry

Half of dentists wouldn’t recommend going into dentistry to their friends and family. The survey, carried out by Wesleyan, has found 50% of dentists wouldn’t recommend their career, compared with 31% in 2014, and 81% of dentists believe the cost of education and training along with changes to pay and working conditions will put off future generations from dentistry.

Judith Husband, member of Wesleyan’s Members Advisory Board, said:

Judith Husband "There are huge stresses in the dental profession and great unhappiness,
 even fear, regarding our regulator, not to mention an uncertain NHS 
 future. More than half of dentists in England and Wales are associates
 and, because of the massive rise in the value of practices, it is becoming
 increasingly difficult for those with an ambition to own their own practice to actually achieve this."

Respondents were asked what they were most concerned about over the next five years and the new NHS dental contract was the biggest worry for 60% of dentists, the rising cost of being a dentist was second for 58% of dentists and 36% were concerned with changes to the NHS Pension Scheme.


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