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This year August 18th was the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution- heralded as the turning point for women’s voting rights in America.
Textbooks hail the amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920, under President Warren Harding, as a “milestone” guaranteeing voting rights to women.
In 1973, Congress designated August 26, the date the amendment was officially certified, as Women’s Equality Day — honoring, in the words of then-President Richard Nixon, “the first step toward full and equal participation of women in our Nation’s life.”  

The 19th Amendment reads: “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.


Your experiences and your skills have made you UNIQUE and you have much to offer your colleagues. We learn from each other.

When you post a comment, your name, your photo, your headline are on display in the messaging string, staying top of mind with your network.
A comment will show your support to the colleague who posted the update in the first place and tightens the relationship between the author and you, building your relationships 1:1.
Algorithms within LinkedIn reward member activity and it’s anyone’s guess how it may boost your personal profile when writing a comment as opposed to a like.
If you’re a seeking a new position, your expertise is on display when you type a comment, demonstrating your value and depth of knowledge as a candidate to a recruiter who has stopped by to read your profile at a later time.
A “like” is shared to your entire network; however, your comment may start a conversation by sharing your expertise to your entire network.
Appreciation to D.B. Wenke
As a women in dentistry I am sure you wondered how your gender compares in statistics like age, income, hours worked, and more. Here are some interesting data followed by fascinating facts

How many dentists are there in the U.S. ?

As of 2019, there are 200,419 dentists working in dentistry (dentists using their dental degree in some fashion) in the U.S. 

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2019

What is the dentist-to-population ratio in the United States?

As of 2019, there are 61.1 dentists working in dentistry per 100,000 U.S. population. Ratios vary by state.

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2019 . 

How many dentists are female?

Among the 200,419 dentists working in dentistry as of 2019, 33.4% are female.

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2019 (Tables in Excel). 

What percentage of dentists are specialists?

As of 2019, about one in five professionally active dentists (21.0%) reported that their practice, research, or administration area is an ADA-recognized specialty.

Source: Supply of Dentists in the U.S.: 2001-2019

Female dentists in the United States are younger than their male colleagues. According to the latest data available, 80 percent are age 44 or under, while more than 60 percent of male dentists are age 45 or older. Compared to their male colleagues, women are less likely to be in solo practices and more likely to be employees or independent contractors. Fifty-three percent of female dentists are solo practitioners compared to 75 percent of male dentists, and 29 percent of women are employees or independent contractors compared to 8 percent of men.4 While this discrepancy is in part a function of age differences, women tend to move more slowly into solo practice arrangements than men.

 Women are somewhat more likely than men to work part-time: 28 percent vs. 15 percent, and are less likely to work overtime: 16 percent vs. 30 percent. A recent study indicated that marital status does not appear to have an impact on work hours among female dentists. However, having children reduces women’s work hours by nearly one workday per week, on average.

Gender differences in income are frequent topics of discussion. According to an ADA survey, nearly two-thirds of female dentists believe that they earn less than their male counterparts, while nearly two-thirds of male dentists believe that there is no gender difference in dentists’ income levels. The existing data, however, indicates that the perceptions of female dentists are more accurate than those of their male colleagues.

A comparison of the average income of all female dentists with the average income of all male dentists is not a useful indicator of income inequality, because, as we have indicated, there are substantial gender differences in practice arrangements and experience among U.S. dentists. Still, when comparing the average net annual income of full-time male and female practitioners who have been out of dental school less than 10 years, women earned only 64 percent of what men earn. Additionally, among dentists in all age groups, women who were partners or who were in solo practice only earned 58 percent and 73 percent, respectively, of what men earned in the same practice arrangements. Women as employees only earned 47 percent of what men earn as dental practice employees. 


Women in the pipeline

The number of women in the pipeline for a career in dentistry has grown dramatically over the last 30 years. Enrollment of women in U.S. dental schools stands at 48 percent;  in 1970, only 1 percent of dental students were women. 

in an analysis of the first-year data, we found that students’ motives for attending dental school appeared to be organized into four distinct areas.   The first cluster focused on money issues, and reflected the importance of financial and job security aspects of a dental career to students.  The second cluster was a set of people-related motives. Students who gave high ratings to these motives thought that caring for and helping other people were important reasons for attending dental school.The third cluster centered on the notion of flexibility, and suggested that the freedom and flexibility that dentists have in scheduling their work relative to other professions, both health-care-related and otherwise, is important to dental students. The fourth cluster focused on business-related motives for becoming a dentist, and the degree to which students stressed self-employment and being one’s own boss as important reasons for pursuing a dental career.

Our data showed that both women and men found the financial aspects of a dental career equally important as a motive for attending dental school. The perceived flexibility of a dental career was also equally important to both men and women. On the other hand, male students rated business-related motives as being more important in their decision to pursue dental school than did female students. Conversely, female students rated caring or helping motives as more important than did their male counterparts.

When asked about their aspirations following dental school, significant gender differences among first-year students emerged. Despite the fact that first-year students are not likely to have a great deal of in-depth knowledge about dental specialties, with the exception of pediatric dentistry, women were less likely to aspire to postgraduate dental education than men. In fact, the most significant predictor of postgraduate educational aspirations among first-year students was gender. Furthermore, compared to men, women were less likely to see themselves in a solo practice following graduation and more likely to see themselves as an employee or associate in a dental practice.


The trends show an ever improving picture in all categories for women in dentistry.

Are you ready to cut those strings that have tied you to the dental chair for all those years? You have had a long productive career of interacting with people in need and improving their quality of life. Now, after years of intense dedication to detail you are looking for alternatives. You want to hang up the loupes but are wondering what to do first and what will you do when you start to miss the patient interaction.   Here’s what one astute dentist did:

Dr. Sidney Shaw was an old-fashioned type dentist. She had a conservative treatment approach to the practice of dentistry, She exuded an obvious passion for helping her patients, and everyone loved her. She had an admired and successful general dental practice.  At the ripe young age of 66 she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and her doctor told her she had to slow down. That’s when she made the painful decision to put her practice up for sale and reap the rewards from the 38 years of hard work invested into building her practice. She felt she could retire comfortably on her proceeds from the sale.

She contacted a dental transition broker who conducted a very comprehensive practice valuation. To Sidney’s dismay the valuation reported a market value of 310,000. This was more than disappointing to Sidney; it was devastating. It was not enough to comfortably support her and her mounting medical bills.

“Disappointment is a temporary obstacle on the road to success.”

Sidney contacted me and we came up with a solution for her.  We implemented a new program that added another three hundred thousand dollars in value to her sale price.

Within two months of making her decision she was treating two patients, on average, each day for sleep apnea. Her average fee for each case was $3500. This amounted to $21,000 a week for three easy, relaxed, rewarding half days a week. This projected to revenues of an incredible $1,050,000 for a 50 week year. This may sound like “pie in the sky” but when you check around you will find examples like this being quietly conducted all throughout the nation.

The happy ending:

Sidney sold her practice for 2.5 times more than that original market value and she stayed on 3 half days a week as a ” sleep specialist” for the new owner. How is that for a ROI of two months’ training?

Every member on the team is a potential marketing agent for the Dental Sleep Medicine practice.

Wherever you go and whomever you meet you can promote your passion because people will respect you as authorities.  You have opportunities to help people by educating them about the dangers of Sleep Apnea.
You can “talk up” your DSM service, your teammates and your doctor.
The cashier at the grocery store, the technician at the beauty parlor and the nail salon, the bus or Uber driver are among your friends who will be happy to chat with you for a few moments about their sleep breathing issues. They will always tell you about someone they know who snores loudly or gasps for breath while sleeping. It may often be their own situation.  Your personal friends and family members deserve to be educated on how to live a healthier life and how to live longer.
You don’t need to think of this as “selling”–  you are educating and helping people because you care about them.
This is what teammates are expected to do; It is part of their role. They do this for loyalty to the doctor and to their teammates, for their job security, and above all for love.

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As part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, five live web-cams were installed in Ms. Liberty’s torch, in her crown, and at the harbor. There’s also a Panorama of the NJ and NY skylines, Ellis Island, and the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

There’s live audio too, so you can hear the whoosh of aircraft overhead and the honk of boat horns as YOU watch the ships steam across the bay. Click on this link to look and listen:

Click on any of the five pictures and enjoy a live streaming video… day or night, 24/7, starting now.

I wish I could have been there:  When Lady Liberty was still in her youth, my parents saw her on their freedom voyage from Kiev, in Ukrania (then part of the Russian Empire) to Ellis Island. I can only imagine their teenage excitement and fulfillment of hope when they saw Lady Liberty from their ship. They were so proud and determined to become Americans- in every way. They quickly learned to speak English and adapted to every American way of life. I am very proud of them.

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The one time I saw The Statue of Liberty was from a US Army troop ship returning from Europe to the Port of New York on a foggy morning. The scene is emblazoned in my memory.

On Monday May 29th, 2017 let’s remember the Veterans of our struggles for Liberty who never returned to see this beautiful tribute.

Memorial Day occurs every year on the final Monday of May. It is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries.

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The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from “Decoration Day” to “Memorial Day”, which was first used in 1882. It did not become more common until after World War II, On June 28, 1968, the Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.The change moved Memorial Day from its traditional May 30 date to the last Monday in May. Memorial Day endures as a holiday which most businesses observe because it marks the unofficial beginning of summer.

On Memorial Day the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remains only until noon. It is then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day.

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Here’s the National Memorial Day parade on Capitol Hill Mall


Have you ever woken in the middle of the night choking on acid because you’ve inhaled it and can’t breathe?
     Try taking in a breath and all you get is a burning in your throat and lungs.  You try to expel it but it takes many tries and coughing, burning, burning.  You panic,  thinking,  “Am I going to die?”  You possibly could if you hadn’t woken up! 
 This is what people with GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease) experience many times if they have eaten a spicy meal,  eaten too close to bedtime,  did not raise their head higher than their body while sleeping, or have SLEEP APNEA. 
 As a victim of OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) myself,  I have experienced this nightmarish incident many times.  Fortunately, as I received treatment for OSA,  my Acid Reflux, and other systemic disorders, has subsided.
  Sleep apnea, of course, is the cessation of breathing for over 10 seconds and up to 90 seconds, repeated many times while sleeping.  Snoring is the warning alert.
How it happens:   During the cessations of breathing the body will increase its efforts to take in air. Abdominal contractions are exaggerated and increase until breathing resumes.
The contractions squeeze the stomach and force acid up the esophagus.
The efforts to breathe also increase a negative pressure in the esophagus which also
 pull up acid.
Secondary effects of OSA, resulting from the GERD, are esophagus and larynx damage, aspiration pneumonia, permanent lung damage, tooth erosion, and tooth sensitivity.
Solutions:   People may take medications to control symptoms of GERD,  and this helps,  but OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) can override the effects of the proton-pump inhibitor (Omeprazole), or other OTC drugs.
Patients in the dental office can be easily screened for OSA at the initial oral exam.  Tooth erosion is one consequence,  bruxism is another.  A sleep questionnaire and other signs of sleep apnea will prompt the need for a HSS (home sleep study).  This will determine the diagnosis of OSA and  the severity. By treating the sleep apnea we can save teeth and possibly the patient’s life.
It’s so important to treat the sleep apnea for many reasons.  GERD is just one of them.  One out of 3 people have a sleep disorder.  Everyone knows someone with sleep apnea and a story to tell about it.  Shouldn’t we as dental professionals help our patients have healthier teeth and live longer?
Get involved for profit, prestige, and the great feeling of saving lives:   Hygienists around the country are screening for OSA and dentists are treating it with oral appliances.  They gain the satisfaction of truly helping patients, their family members and possibly themselves.
At RDH Sleep Solutions on LinkedIn,  we are dedicated to training hygienists in screening for sleep apnea and directing their dentists to include this vital service into their practices. We are connected to the largest OSA training organization and offer deep discounts for hygienist-directed/dentist enrollment. 
Message or email me at, or Dr. Charles Kravitz for further information


Hygienists from coast to coast are finding out that nothing in dentistry is more rewarding, both financially and emotionally, than Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM).
Hygienists (and dentists) are at the front line in the battle against obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). We’re in the most favorable position to discover and treat our sleep apnea affected patients.  One out of every three patients we see has the symptoms of sleep disorder
The timing is opportune for you. Less than 5% of dental offices are qualified to provide service to the 40 million victims of OSA.

We Hygienists are in the key position to recognize the signs and symptoms of OSA in our patients and to introduce the service to our practices.   The benefits-  financially and emotionally, are tremendous- to us Hygienists, to our doctors, and to our patients. .

OSA can kill, or at minimum, will severely diminish quality of life.  The repeated episodes of no oxygen passing to the brain for prolonged periods of time while asleep affects all the organs,  and is connected to strokes, HBP, diabetes, dementia, weight gain and demeanor of people who have this disease.  Sleep Apnea is so much more than snoring.    



Everyone wants to step into DSM but very few know how to begin. We will guide you through the steps and the verbal skills to bring it into your practice. Your dentist/practice owner would love to know that you are qualified and capable to establish this service and to spearhead its success.

With RDH Sleep Solutions you will be trained in one day in the basics of DSM and learn how to explain the benefits to the owner/dentist.

The benefits to you
-Helping your patients in a critical medical area
-The admiration of your colleagues and friends
-Increased value to your practice
-Potential of greater income for you
-A more relaxed patient service
-18 CE credits

As the team leader in DSM your value is greatly increased,  You will be recognized for your prestige as a medical care-giver, you will receive 16 + 2 (18) CE units, and you will have that rewarding feeling of truly saving people’s lives.

You will be able to show the owner of your dental practice your true value to the practice.
Your total fee for these benefits is less than one patient pays for your services and in most cases the dentist reimburses the Hygienist. Your total cost becomes zero.

The course outline
The Science of Sleep
The Effects of OSA
The Causes of OSA
The Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI)

Clinical Signs
Screening and Testing Patients
Keys to get Treatment Acceptance
The Role of the Hygienist as a DSM Team leader
The Benefits to the RDH
The Benefits to the Dentist
How to Establish the DSM program in a Practice

How to Build an enviable and very Profitable DSM service.

Learn how to join the fight against OSA.  Message me and I will show you how to be the DSM team leader.. You will receive the Dental Sleep Medicine training program and CE units within 24 hours.

Yours for better health,
Gloria Hadley, RDH