Increasing number of women becoming dentists

Dentists

More women are entering the dental field compared to past years, according to a study conducted by the American Dental Association and the University of Albany (N.Y.) Center for Health Workforce Studies.

The study, published July 11, evaluated the differences in dental practice characteristics and service delivery by gender.

Here are five key findings:

1. In 2016, around 30 percent of dentists in the U.S. were female, compared to 24 percent in 2010.

2. Female dentists tended to be younger and more diverse than male colleagues. A higher percentage of female dentists were Hispanic, black/African American or were foreign trained.

3. Female dentists are more likely to complete residency training in general dentistry or pediatric dentistry.

4. The majority of female and male dentists are private practice owners, work full-time and practice in suburban or urban areas. Proportionally, more female dentists were employees, worked part-time and practiced in urban areas than male dentists.

5. Female dentists are more likely to service younger patients and patients covered by public dental insurance, including Medicaid.

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