Choose to challenge – women in dentistry

8th March 2021 | Posted by: Vanessa Giraud

The theme for International Women’s Day 2021 is #Choose to Challenge. Today is a good day to look at the important role women play in dentistry.

female dentist each for equal wearing white and pink.

Choose to Challenge

Throughout the last century, most dentists were men. Indeed, if we look at the percentage of male to female dentists over 55, it’s still predominantly male. But with an increasing number of women training in dentistry, the balance is changing. Women in the dental sector have chosen to challenge traditional roles, and the gender balance has changed.

Key issues facing women in dentistry today

Information from the BDA

Female role models in the profession encourage greater participation for women developing their career.
Dentistry is a fantastic career for women and can offer flexible working, to allow for a good work-life balance.
Barriers still exist, especially in terms of women progressing into more senior roles.

Meet the SpaDental Clinical Director: Lucy Smith

Over 50% of UK dentists are women


statistics show over 50% women are dentists choose to challenge

Statistics from the GDR report

Dentistry has come a long way over the last century. Treatments are now so much more sophisticated, with the emphasis on care and aesthetics, rather than pain management and tooth pulling. And there is a change in the role of women too.

A quick look at SpaDental’s team pages shows that women fill many roles. We have women in practice administration, nursing, hygiene and therapy, and a good balance of women dentists. Women are behind the scenes too, working in finance, compliance and management.

Between 2007 and 2015, the number of women registered as dentists increased by 44.2%. If we look at the range of dentists over 55, about 75% of them are male. The percentage of women dentists is higher in the younger age brackets as an increasing number of women qualify.

Dentistry is one of the work environments where the changing role of women is visible. Dental businesses are responding to the work requirements of women too, with flexible working hours and opening times.

BDA infographic aabout increase of women dentists. SpaDental

How can each of us promote “Choose to Challenge”?

Equal education and employment opportunities, pay equality and the fair sharing of domestic work in the home are important topics to address in our day to day lives.

Our emphasis should be on how we talk to children and young people.

Our aim, to reduce gender bias and promote the reality of equal opportunity.

We are all educators and we can each make a difference by promoting equality around young people and challenging stereo-types.

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