Women Are Breaking Barriers For The Dental Industry

By now, you’ve seen the power of women in fields no woman has gone before but did you know they’re trailblazing in the world of dentistry as well? Making room for women in the dental field has been a barrier-breaker for a while now. We were once in a country where women were assumed to favor exclusively domestic roles. That couldn’t be have been further from the truth. Luckily, we had a few trailblazers take ownership of their right to work in a male-dominated industry and a few others to continue the legacy.

The History of Women In The Dental Industry

In 1855, Emiline Roberts Jones became the first woman in the United States to practice dentistry. Fast forward to now, and you’ll see those extraordinary women are still demanding their right, by way of merit, within the dental industry and challenging antiquated tropes that fought against them accelerating in the world of healthcare. According to the American Dental Association, nearly 30% of all dental professionals in the United States are female.

Studies About Women In The Dental Industry

But what’s so special about female dentists besides gender diversity, you ask? According to a study by National Center for Biotechnology Information and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, women dentists were more likely to recommend at-home fluoride treatments for pediatric patients than their male counterparts who often preferred in-office treatments. In addition to that, they found that women tend to be more gentle with your teeth and overall more nurturing. For these reasons and many more, women have found camaraderie and sisterhood within an organization called American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD) where interests and concerns by women dentists are highlighted and scientific exchange takes place. Before we lose you, we have 7 other reasons that you may want to book your appointment.

Top 7 Female Dentists In The Bay Area

We’ve gathered a list of our top 7 female dentists in the Bay Area, so if you’re looking to support this shift in the healthcare paradigm, you’ll have our favorites to look forward to for your next appointment. As you can imagine, the actual list of female dentists taking space in the U.S. is vast but we were able to gather a few of our favorites in the Bay Area for your convenience. If you’ve been asking yourself, “where can I find dental implants near me?”.

1. Fiorella Potesta-Knoll

Dr. Fiorella Potesta-Knoll offers unmatched, state-of-the-art treatment options to help patients enjoy optimal oral health and function, including preventive, restorative, cosmetic and rehabilitative procedures. She’s been noted for extensive experience with patients of all ages and her special interests include removable and fixed prostheses, implant restorations, maxillofacial prostheses and temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ disorders. If you’ve been hesitant about your dental procedure, rest assured, Dr. Potesta-Knoll is no stranger to the feeling and can walk you through the entire process. You can find her at Golden Gate Dental.

2. Tanya Vilderman

Dr. Vilderman has been practicing in San Francisco and Sacramento for over 15 years and shows no sign of stopping. She holds Invisalign and Cerinate Lumineers certifications and is also licensed to provide oral and intravenous sedation. Today, you can find her at Eden Dental Care taking care of your dental needs including information on dental implants cost.

3. Shivani Gupta

Dr. Gupta graduated from Bharti Vidyapeeth Dental College at the top of her class in 2000. She has been in practice for the past 15 years extending her services to personalized dental implant treatments. She’s been noted as an advocate for learning about the advantages and disadvantages of treatments so patients can make a sound and informed decision. Need to know just what you’re in for when it comes to your unique dental procedure? You can receive guidance and one of the best dental implant services in the Bay Area from her at Peninsula Dental Implant Center.

4. Emily Gentry

Need modern cosmetic dentistry services with a personal touch? Dr. Gentry is trained to repair major and minor procedures to improve your smile. Dr. Gentry is a graduate of UCSF School of Dentistry and Arizona State University. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, San Francisco Dental Society, and Academy of Laser Dentistry.

5. Mercedes Leoncio

Dr. Leoncio specializes in everything from general dentistry all the way to orthodontics. After earning her Doctorate of Dental SUrgery and serving as President of the dental Fraternity, Delta Sigma Delta, she joined the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, and Southern Alameda County Dental Society. Dr. Leoncio is also a member of the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies and enjoys volunteering with the local Union City Pacific Clinic in their annual “Give Kids a Smile” event. She’s been noted as providing excellent care alongside Dr. Le at Nuvo Dental in Union City.

6. Trinh Lee

Dr. Lee specializes in dental implants, minimally invasive dentistry and cosmetic smile makeovers. She focuses on giving patients the smile of their dreams and ensuring every dental experience is unparalleled in quality. She has earned AACD accreditation, Diplomates of ABOI, Diplomates of ICOI, Fellows of AAID, and both a Masters and Fellow with the AGD. You can find her at Allure Dental in Mountain View.

7. Dr. Munira Lokhandwala

Since 1996, Dr. Lokhandwala has been practicing dentistry and today she has proudly served over 20,000 patients. She specializes in root canals, crowns, and bridges, dental implants, mini-dental implants, Invisalign, and veneers. She even takes on 100 hours of continuing education courses per year to stay up to date with the dental industry’s latest advancements. We can reap the benefits of her hard work and continued studies to perfect her practice. If you’re anxious about your dental visit, Dr. Lokhanwala is known to ease as much worry as possible. You can find her at Starbrite Dental in Fremont.

As women continue to occupy space within a male-dominated industry, we can only hope that the shift continues and women can deliver affordable and quality dental service for neighbors of the Bay Area for years to come.

At Zentist, we remain advocates for disrupting the dental industry in more ways than one. In addition to challenging a historically gendered dental space, we believe that when you have open and honest conversations about dental care, everyone can reap the benefits. Whether you’re a doctor or patient, join our mission for change at Zentist.io.

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