AAWD and PPP are teaming up to commemorate Women’s History Month! While some risks are worth taking, others are not. During the month, we will highlight women known for taking distinct risks to lead the way in the field of dentistry, while also pointing out some risks that dentists shouldn’t take in their dental office!

A Risk Worth Taking!

Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor (1833-1910) was the first woman to earn a dental degree. After being refused admittance to the Ohio College of Dentistry, Jonathan Taft, the dean, taught Hobbs in his own office. Afterward, she moved to Iowa and opened her own practice. Eventually, the Iowa State Dental Society pressured the Ohio College into admitting Hobbs. Since she had already been practicing dentistry for years, Hobbs was required to attend only one session before she was awarded her dental degree. Hobbs was also very involved in politics, where she was a women’s rights activist. AAWD and PPP thank Dr. Taylor for the risks she was willing to take so that other women could earn their dental degrees. Today almost half of all dental students in the United States are female!

While some risks are worth taking, others are not…

Don’t take the risk of handling a dental board action on your own!

Dr. Taft and the Iowa State Dental Society advocated for Dr. Taylor to get her dental degree.  PPP dentists have experienced agents, claims adjusters, and attorneys behind them in the event of a board action.  If you receive a complaint or summons, please contact your agent or attorney before responding.  They are well versed in addressing these matters and the end result could mean reduced stress to you, lesser penalties, a quicker resolution, and an overall better result for you! Covering 30,000 dentists throughout 50 states, and endorsed by 18 dental associations, the Professional Protector Plan can create a policy that grows with your dental career. With local agents providing specialized business insurance solutions for dentists, you can definitely minimize your risks and put your confidence in the PPP. For more information on PPP, please visit https://www.protectorplan.com/.