International Women’s Day gives us a chance to reflect on the advancements and successes of women across all professions and lifestyles, but as the percentage of female dentists in our industry continues to rise (32% as of 2018), it’s especially important to celebrate women’s achievements in the dental industry!
While the dental field is (and has always been) predominantly female – approx. 95% of all dental hygienists and dental assistants are women – women are increasingly taking on leadership roles that were previously male-dominated in dentistry. In fact, 60% of all practicing dentists under 44 are women. This means that, as early as 2020, there could be more female dentists working in the field than male. This isn’t just in the United States; the percentage of women in dentistry is consistently rising across the globe.
Many say that women are a natural fit for dentistry. With the inherent ability to build and support strong relationships as well as nurture patients and address concerns, it’s no wonder that females have found success in the field. Just as women are a great fit for dentistry, dentistry is also a great fit for women. Many practices allow for employees to work flexible hours, which is a great perk when raising a family. The ability to create a work-life balance that works for each individual makes dentistry an enticing profession for anyone and everyone.
As the CEO of DentalPost, I get the opportunity to meet remarkable, hard-working women every day. I’m so grateful to be surrounded by women who share my vision and drive; they inspire me immensely. Today’s global acknowledgement of the achievements of women is a reminder of the progress we’ve made in our world. My team and I will continue to empower the amazing women within our company, our industry and our community at large.
Posted July 15, 2019
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Posted July 05, 2019
One of the great things about a career in dental hygiene is how flexible the job is. I have worked as little as two days a month when my kids were little. It was perfect. But for as flexible as the work days can be, once you commit to a day the flexibility ends. You […]
Posted July 04, 2019
Each year delivers more new dental technology that makes dentistry easier, faster, and more cost-effective than ever before. But like many other hygienists, this trend has you a bit concerned. You’re wondering how all the rapidly-developing technology will impact your dental hygienist duties. Could new dental technology devalue the work you do or render your […]