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Top countries to migrate for a dentist

Perhaps you are considering a career abroad, and you are still trying to figure out which country is the best for your future as a dentist. What makes a country the right environment for you to start or continue your career?

As you may or may not be aware, there are just some places in the world that provide better compensation for your job. Some countries in the world care about their dental health and are willing to pay highly for experts worldwide. It's no wonder that the dentists here find the monetary gains of work satisfying.

Here are the tops countries:


The average annual salary for dentists is $176,000. This is a significant difference when compared to other countries. No wonder more and more dental professionals are making a move to Spain. Not only does the salary almost double that of Switzerland, but the country has relatively low taxes and a lower cost of living. When it comes to money, this is the best country to practice dentistry in.

The United States of America

The average annual salary for dentists is $146,340. Dental therapists, like dental health aids and dental hygienists, are not allowed to practice independently. As a result, the U.S. provides excellent, but often over-priced treatment and fails to offer affordable services for lower social classes. As you might imagine, dentists in the United States encounter a variety of circumstances. With complicated policies and high living costs, some states are not as friendly to dentists as others.


The average annual salary for dentists here is $81,800. Dentists of this country are well compensated for their treatments and services because of public healthcare, depending on location. Some provinces provide free care to children and the elderly. Though dentistry was slow to start in this country, Canada has over 16,000 practicing dentists compared to other countries in Europe.

United Kingdom

Foreign dentists can practice in the U.K. after clearing the equivalency exam ORE (conducted by General Dental Council). The weather conditions are suitable for most of the population. The daily expenditure is high it comes to the United Kingdom, but you will like the fact that the average salary for dentists here is $78,638.


The average annual salary for dentists is $96,800. This country cares about oral and dental health. Thus, pay for dentists is relatively high, as is the case with most jobs in Switzerland.


The average annual salary for dentists here is $73,600. In Australia, dentists are one of, if not the top earners in medicine. They surpass almost every other medical professional. Both the Australian Dental Council and the Dental Board of Australia oversee dentistry in the country. To practice there, you must obtain licensing and registration from the Dental Board of Australia. However, they do not grant registration to a foreign graduate until you pass the ADC exams or complete two years of schooling and obtain an education from a locally accredited dental school.

New Zealand

Like Australia and Canada, one needs to clear the equivalence exams to practice in New Zealand. The New Zealand Dentist Registration Examinations (NZDREX) have been outsourced to the NDEB of Canada and constitute three of the five exams that one needs to clear to practice in Canada. One must also clear the IELTS as part of the process. Besides this, one must again meet the criteria for fitness for registration in New Zealand. The average annual salary for dentists in this country is $73,700. Here the dentists with the most experience usually earn the highest salaries.

United Arab Emirates

Starting to practice in the UAE is probably the easiest and quickest for dental professionals. One can begin practicing as soon as two months after clearing the respective license exams (DHA for Dubai; HAAD for Abu Dhabi; MOH for other Emirates). The exam fees are nominal, and the work-experience requirement is also low: two years for general practitioners and three years for specialty-based practice. The visa process is quite simple and hassle-free. Salaries are lucrative, starting at AED 120,000 and tax-free. Dentists also enjoy a generous amount of paid leaves. A cosmopolitan culture and a vibrant community ensure us that one's favorite cuisines are accessible.


The average annual salary for dentists in this area is $65,600. Though qualified, many U.K. dentists opt to go to Ireland because of higher wages. This is because dentists in the area are allowed to include private fees in addition to their general service fees.


The average annual salary for dentists is $93,100. There is a high demand for dental work in this country, which accounts for dentists' high salaries. Dental treatments for children are free and covered by the national health service. However, this is one of the countries where the high taxes and cost of living could factor into the decision-making process.


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