Dentists May Hesitate To Hire a Male Dental Hygienist

Some dentists would not hire a male dental hygienistGender profiling is alive and well! Only 70% of dentists in this survey said they would hire a male hygienist if he were the most qualified candidate for the job. Twenty-three percent probably would not, and 7% admitted they flat-out wouldn’t hire a man.

On the other hand, 17% said their dental practice currently employs a male dental hygienist.

“”Public expectation dictates a female. I’d rather not be a trendsetter,” said one dentist. But another said, “While I was initially skeptical, the male hygienists I’ve worked with are excellent and very well liked by their patients.”

Here are some other thoughts from dentists on the elusive male hygienist:

  • “As a female dentist, I have seen discrimination. Why should I discriminate on gender for my staff?” (New York dentist)
  • “In our society, most patients still expect a female hygienist, so why rock the boat?” (Tennessee dentist)
  • “The male hygienists I’ve seen in practices that have them have all been excellent. The patients, staff, and the dentists like them very much.” (Ohio prosthodontist)
  • “I have tried it, but it did not work!!” (London, UK dentist)
  • “I worked with one before and many patients preferred him!” (Illinois dental office worker)
  • “He has been an integral part of my practice for 12 years. My patients, male and female, think the world of him and the excellent care he delivers. He is a real asset to my patients and my practice.” (Louisiana dentist)
  • “We have employed male RDH’s in the past. It’s the personality and qualifications that matter, not the gender of the employee.” (Maine dentist)
  • “Changes the mix in the office in a good way…..It is interesting to see the way patients accept our new situation. I really have not had any problems. The women think it is cool and the men have someone to talk to about baseball and cars.” (New York dentist)

Read more: Dentists: Not All Are Willing To Hire Male Dental Hygienists

About Julie Frey

+Julie Frey is the Editor of blog. She has dedicated her career to Internet marketing and communications, working side-by-side with dental marketing guru Jim Du Molin since 2006. She has a degree in Linguistics from Stanford University, has a passion for language and writing, and lives in San Francisco.


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