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The Future is Female

It’s undeniable that the landscape of the American workforce has changed since 1866, when Lucy Hobbs Taylor became the first woman to earn a degree in dentistry. As women have become legally equal to men and financially independent, the demographics of labor have shifted in many fields.

Until several decades ago, dentistry was traditionally reserved for men. This is no longer true! Among the 201,117 dentists working in dentistry as of 2020, 32% are female. That may seem low, but that figure is expected to rise as the number of women graduating from dental school and entering the workforce increases. In fact, women make up 60% of dentists under the age of 44 and show no signs of stopping.

There also appears to be some distinct advantages to having a female dentist, let's talk about some of them! Please note, we are not debating gender as we don’t believe in that kind of thinking.

Researchers found women dentists take a more conservative approach. This is something Dr. Kathryn Ryan, Dr. Hanna Mularkey, and their team at Parkway Prosthodontics stand by. We believe that conservative treatment is always the rule. We listen to our patients and only recommend what is best for each individual. Researchers also say women were more likely to opt for less radical solutions. Again, this saves patients money in the long run.

Some people say women are more nurturing. Perhaps, it is just Mother Nature here, but women tend to be better at putting themselves in other people’s shoes with more empathic thinking. This makes for a better bedside manner in the medical world. Having a prosthodontist with a good bedside manner lowers the stress for an anxious dental patient.

We are a very proud female office, with a female owner, female doctors, and a complete female team!

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