For as long as dentistry has been practiced women didn't really start making waves until the mid-19th century.
So today we will celebrate some of the ground-breaking women who pioneered the way for today's female dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants.
Lucy B. Hobbs-Taylor (1833-1910)
First woman to graduate from a recognized dental college in 1866.
Irene Newman (1875-1958)
First dental hygienist in 1906. Having dental hygienists allowed the dentist to concentrate on more involved procedures.
Malvina Cueria (1893-1991)
First female dental assistant in 1885. This made it acceptable for women to come to the dentist without a chaperon.