Posted September 08, 2018 11:50:01 For a woman in her 20s, the dental profession has long been a part of her life.
The profession was an important part of my childhood and was my first profession, her mother told CBC News.
Now, a young woman like her has a new opportunity to fill the gap left by those who have died.
The Canadian Association of Dental Assistants said its members, representing more than 700 dental schools across Canada, are holding their annual convention in Toronto on Sunday.
Dental students from across the country are expected to attend the convention to learn more about their careers.
A few weeks ago, the association announced the names of a dozen dental assistants who are set to receive the Order of Canada, along with other honourable titles such as Order of Merit.
But what do they do?
Dentists work in a variety of settings, and many of them have to do work that includes a lot of oral hygiene, a good diet and physical exercise, according to the association’s website.
Many dental assistants are also in charge of cleaning offices and assisting patients with their dental health.
But there are some professions that are traditionally more physical.
In the past, dentists were expected to have the strength of 300 pounds and could walk for a distance of 10 to 15 metres, while today they can walk for more than 30 metres.
“It’s a lot more challenging,” said Laura Côté, an associate professor at the University of Toronto who studies dental health and safety.
“The physical activity is much harder.
And I think the physical demands of the job are greater because of the physical work you have to put in to keep yourself healthy.”
For the last 50 years, Côte said, dentistry has been the “main occupation for women in Canada,” although she says women in the workforce are not always the primary caregivers.
“When you’re pregnant, or you have an accident, or when you’re on maternity leave, or if you have a dental problem or need some kind of dental care, you have very few jobs in Canada where you have the full range of opportunities to be in charge,” Côeté said.
For example, when Côtté was working as a dental technician in the mid-1990s, there was no formal career path for a woman to pursue, she said. “
In fact, we’ve gone backwards in that regard.”
For example, when Côtté was working as a dental technician in the mid-1990s, there was no formal career path for a woman to pursue, she said.
That changed in 2002 when the Ontario government passed legislation to give dentists full gender equality, including the ability to earn an undergraduate degree.
Now a growing number of dentists in Ontario are getting their degrees from colleges and universities.
“What I have noticed, and I think what other people are noticing, is that we’re really not as supportive of women as we were 10 years ago,” Cote told CBC.
The Ontario government is encouraging the next generation of dentistry graduates to take on the job of caretaker.
The provincial government has invested more than $40 million in an “assistant education” program to give women the skills and experience to become dental assistants.
But the program, which includes the dental assistant and dental student programs, is expected to be finished in 2018.
The province’s dental school students are also eligible for financial support from the government, which provides up to $12,000 in financial aid each year.
While there are plenty of opportunities for women to become dentists, Cote said they may not always feel like they are able to fulfill the roles assigned to them.
“For women in dental schools, we are really not in charge, but we’re not necessarily expected to work in the way that men in other occupations are expected,” she said, adding that a good dental assistant can also be a very valuable support for a young child or a woman dealing with a health condition.
“There are a lot that are really exciting, but there’s still a lot to be done,” Cooté said, saying that the profession has a long way to go.
“We’re just not seeing women being accepted to be dental assistants as well as men.
There’s still work to do.”
The Association of Dentists of Canada said that women in their early to mid-20s will continue to face a lot “significant challenges in their lives” as dentists.
“Our profession has always been a valued part of our community and as we grow, we will continue our dedication to the health of our communities,” the association said in a statement.