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Celebrating Women in Dentistry

March 5, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — crovatto @ 3:03 am

Female dentist examining patientMarch 8th is International Women’s Day. There’s no better time than now to take a look back at the most influential women in dentistry. More women than ever before are finding their place in the once male-dominated field. Dr. Emma Gaudreau Casgrain was the first female dentist in Canada to earn her dental degree. She was the first of many to join the ranks of men to support dental health across the globe. Here are just a few ways women have influenced dentistry.

Female Dentists on the Rise

Traditionally, women held the roles of dental hygienists, assistants, and office staff in dental practices. Over the years, women have taken stronger roles in the field by earning dental degrees. One example is the exponential growth of female dentists in Canada. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the number of women dentists rose to 28% in 2001.

Besides societal changes and access to higher education, strong female role models have also contributed to the growth of women dentists. According to several studies, female students are influenced more significantly by a role model’s gender than male students. Females tend to identify with their role models when faced with certain industry challenges. As more women excel in dentistry, more are sure to follow in their footsteps.

Women Providing Compassionate Dental Care

Dental fears aren’t new, but women are changing the way people view visiting the dentist. Although their professional skills aren’t any different from their male counterparts, women carry more empathetic traits. They often communicate better with patients and make the experience feel less rushed. Overall, women are viewed as more caring and comforting. 

The diversity of women in the dental field allows them to make strides in all aspects of care. They can help calm overwhelmed patients while maintaining the highest standards when providing personalized treatments. 

The Future of Women in Dentistry

The number of women achieving their dental degrees has been on the rise since 1991. As influential women continue to break barriers and set positive examples among female students, the growth is expected to match men in the same field. As women leave their mark in the industry, their success in the field is projected to play an integral role in high-quality dental care.

About Dr. Megan Edwards

Dr. Edwards achieved her dental degree at the University of Florida and has continued her training in various specialties, like cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. She strives to provide the most up-to-date solutions using personalized treatment plans. Request an appointment through her website or call her office at (904) 606-1788.

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