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What makes dentistry so competitive?

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Dr. John DeWolf answered

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Assuming you mean competition between practicing dentists, you'll get many different thoughts about this. One thing is the distribution of dentists. Rural and inner city areas are largely under served while suburban and larger towns have ample supply of practicing dentists. Where supply exceeds demand you'll see more competition. In rural areas or inner city areas this is much less common.

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Dr. Ross Lambert answered

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There are more than enough patients to go around. Competition is a state of mind. Why do some dentists do so much better than others? So many factors. Marketing, staff, quality, personality, location.

Answered Dec 7, 2012

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Dr. Marvin Pantangco answered

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Dentistry is not an exact science even though most dentists are licensed or go to accredited schools. There are many differences between the knowledge and expertise of dentists. That's why some feel that they can charge more and rightfully so. Do not look at dentistry as a commodity. Not all fillings crowns and dentists are the same. Research and shop around.

Answered Apr 28, 2015

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Dr. Marguerite Myers answered

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It is not clear what you mean by competitive? Do you mean the market place? Or do you mean professionally competitive? Marketplace competitiveness is a factor of license verses capitalism .. There is a floor and only some can rise above the education requirements & degrees necessary to compete. Professional competition is a factor of drive, expertise, providence, and more..

Answered Dec 27, 2014

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Dr. Max Arocha answered

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On average, there are approximately 3, 000 applicants per university and anywhere from 50 to 100 students are usually accepted into the dental program. Keep in mind that there are not many dental schools in the U.S., which makes getting into a school very competitive. It's important to set yourself apart from the other thousands of applicants in order to get in to the school of your choice. Working.

Answered Dec 12, 2012

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Dr. I. Jay Freedman answered

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Just as you can purchase cars of different qualities, you can invest in your dental health at different levels. If you believe that your dental health must fit inside the dental insurance limits, a third party will make your choices. If you are empowered to make the selections that are best for your individual needs, than your dentist's skills, material quality, techniques, ..All make competition.

Answered Dec 10, 2013

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