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The Ultimate Don’t Do This Guide to Maternity Leave for Women in Dentistry

By Rachel Mele

It’s hard for me to admit this story. However, as I thought about the launch of this amazing magazine dedicated to women in dentistry, I realized now is the time. I’ll come right out and say it then. In 2009, I took a one-week maternity leave following the birth of my first child. What I’ve learned since then is the art of creating work/life balance.

University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s First Smiles program makes a difference
Working for The First Smiles Cooperative Extension Christy Stuth starts her day packing up Spiderman and My Little Pony toothbrushes along with a portable dental screening kit, and then drives to a preschool an hour and a half away. As part of the First Smiles program, she visits each classroom, gives a 20-minute oral health lesson; then does dental screenings...
As the team leader of your practice, do you feel held hostage?
A short SpouseTale, because you can’t make this stuff up! Doctor held hostage, is a real thing. It can manifest as a feeling, an event, or the circumstance one might find themselves in after a decision made, leaves them feeling less than powerful or in charge at all. It can often leave someone feeling uneasy about the actual result or...
I believe there are many topics that are taboo in dentistry. In my 23 years as a dental hygienist, I have worked alongside mostly women. And I’ve discovered a topic that is seldom addressed-- women judging other women. The dental field is and has always been predominantly female. Approximately 95% of all dental hygienists and dental assistants are women. But...
Call the Dentist!
Please, pick up the phone and call the doctor if you can’t make it to the office. It still amazes me how many grown adult team members won’t just pick up the phone and call the doctor when they are going to be out (at least in those private or smaller practices where the doctor is still very affected by...



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