Honoring the Amazing Women Who Pioneered Dental History

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For Mothers

Did you know that good oral health keeps your whole body healthier? Gum disease increases your risk for heart attack, stroke and early labor if you are pregnant. The buildup of plaque in your mouth is linked to the amount of plaque in your cardiovascular system.

In honor of International Women’s Day, our team would like to give a shout out to those women who pioneered advancements in dentistry:

-1855 – Emeline Roberts Jones: First woman to practice dentistry in the U.S. Emeline was not allowed to attend a dental college because of her gender. She gained experience by practicing fillings on discarded teeth from her husband’s practice. Emeline’s son studied dentistry with her and went on to receive his DDS from Harvard and practice with her. (Sindecuse Museum – University of Michigan)

-1866 – Lucy Hobbs Taylor: First woman graduating dental college.

-1890 – Ida Gray Rollins: First African-American woman in the U.S to earn her dental degree.

-1915 – Leonie von Meusebah-Zesch: First woman dentist in Alaska.

-1909 – Minnie Evangeline Jordan: Founded pediatric dentistry.

For optimal oral and general health, brush and floss daily and visit our dentist for your six-month dental exams and cleanings!

Before visiting a dentist while pregnant, it is best to consult with your prenatal doctor and general physician for their recommendations.  Every patient’s needs are different, and at Sierra Oaks Dental our clinicians want to provide the best possible care tailored to each patient.  During pregnancy, restorative care of fillings and crowns are usually limited because administering any local anesthetics (numbing injections) can pose risks.

Pregnancy can bring many changes to the anatomy.  It is not uncommon to experience inflamed gums or increased sensitivity.