The biggest mistakes dentists make: Not staying physically active

Dr. Roger P. Levin
Dr. Roger P. Levin

Dr. Roger P. Levin is the CEO of Levin Group, a leading dental management consulting firm. Founded in 1985, Levin Group has worked with over 30,000 dental practices. Dr. Levin is one of the most sought-after speakers in dentistry and is a leading authority on dental practice success and sustainable growth. Through extensive research and cutting-edge innovation, Dr. Levin is a recognized expert on propelling practices into the top 10 percent. He has authored 65 books and over 4,000 articles on dental practice management and marketing. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Time magazine and is the creator of the Levin Group Tip of the Day, which has over 30,000 subscribers. To contact Dr. Levin, visit or email

Dr. Roger Levin has personally spoken to numerous dentists who want to retire because they are exhausted, not because they’ve stopped enjoying dentistry. That's one of the problems with being out of shape.

Based on his extensive experience with dentists over the past 30 years, Dr. Roger P. Levin has authored a new book entitled, “The 31 Biggest Mistakes Dentists Make.” His premise is simple. As he says in the introduction, “We can learn from our mistakes. But isn’t it better to learn from other people’s mistakes?”

The following is an excerpt from the book.

Mistake #15: Not Staying Physically Active

I believe dentistry is an occupation that requires regular physical training. After all, doctors who spend the recommended 98% of their time chairside are on their feet all day, moving from patient to patient. Dentistry can also cause a great deal of stress. Exercise both raises energy levels and combats stress, but too many dentists ignore these facts.

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Every year, I encounter more and more doctors who are in poor physical condition and don’t realize that they are further from retirement than they think. Without physical energy, their abilities ― to concentrate, handle stress, maintain emotional connections with others, serve as an excellent leader, and even to perform dentistry ― dissipate. When our Certified Practice Analysts conduct evaluations of practices around the country, they often find that the dentist is worn out. I have personally spoken to numerous dentists who want to retire because they are exhausted, not because they’ve stopped enjoying dentistry.

Another big mistake dentists make: Living above their means

If you’ve let yourself go physically, it’s not too late to improve your health and stamina by beginning an exercise program. No matter your age, you can get in better shape and work as long as you like or need to. Information on this topic is widely available, and I personally recommend reading Younger Next Year by Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge. The book contains phenomenal tips for dentists who want to improve their health so they can keep working and enjoying what they do.

Another big mistake dentists make: Relying on their accountant for their vision and goals

Note: The 31 Biggest Mistakes Dentists Make has now been published and a digital download is available here for just $59. Additionally, you can save $50 on doctor tuition for Dr. Levin’s latest seminar. Register 30 days in advance for his seminar in Boston on April 8 and use code DPM50 to receive your discount. For details and to register, click here.