Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster charted course for change. Dental leader dies at 80.

“Barrier breaker.”

The Washington Post aptly describes the first woman and first African American to serve as president of the American College of Dentists in a tribute to her passing.

Dr. Joan Bluitt Foster, 1938 – 2019

(Photo courtesy The Island Funeral Home)

Dr. Juliann Bluitt Foster died April 17 at her home in Hilton Head, S.C. She was 80, according to the story.

Chicago Dental Society President Cheryl Watson-Lowry, the society’s second female African-American president, describes Dr. Bluitt Foster’s mentorship qualities in an obituary published in the CDS Review:

“As the first female and African-American female president of the Chicago Dental Society, Juliann Bluitt inspired me and countless others to pursue our dreams without limitation. She not only served as a role model to so many of us but was also a pioneer in multiple arenas.” 

After earning her dental degree from Howard University in 1962, she dedicated her professional efforts as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, then later joined Northwestern University’s dental school as a dental educator and assistant dean.

Bart Barnes illustrates in his story how Dr. Bluitt Foster “encouraged and supported an increase in the number of female dental students”.

“It was expected that women would not be good in operating a dental practice because they didn’t have business experience,” she told the Chicago Tribune in 1992. “But women have been managing time, money and resources for years.”

Read more about Dr. Bluitt Foster’s early years in Washington and her legacy in dentistry: here.

Learn about her career in Chicago and achievements as the first female president of the Chicago Dental Society: here.

PRO-SYS® VarioSonic® Powerbrush receives ADA Seal of Acceptance

The American Dental Association (ADA) today announced that the PRO-SYS® VarioSonic® Powerbrush receives its ADA Seal of Acceptance. The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs accepted the power toothbrush based on the finding that the product is safe and effective in removing plaque and helping to prevent and reduce gingivitis when used according to the manufacturer’s […]

Mercury Discharge: What are its dangers and how is it affecting dental practices?

Mercury An element commonly seen in thermometers in its silver-white liquid form, mercury vaporizes at temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The vapor is colorless and odorless, is readily absorbed by the blood, and evenly distributes in the brain, kidney, heart, lungs, and liver. However, it demonstrates a predilection for collecting in the central […]

Do you want to discover the hidden leader within you (this Saturday)?

If you’re a woman in dentistry, Mina Paul DMD can offer the pathways and options open to pursue leadership positions. On January 28, Dr. Paul will address attendees at the Yankee Dental Congress Women’s Summit, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, regarding: unique challenges that women face while balancing all aspects of their lives ƒƒthe importance of mentoring […]

Is floss following the footsteps of Chuck Norris? Its powers seem limitless per @NYTimes

  Three cheers for The New York Times @NYTimes, which yesterday featured a letter to the Editor by Stephen Gross, New York (shown, right) that offers a succinct response to the newspaper’s recent article  “Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe There’s No Need”. In light of the recent flap over flossing, the internationally recognized daily paper creatively corralled “alternative ways to use your cache […]

Bright moments brought to you by dentistry.

May was a month for empowerment through dentistry – in large ways and small.

  • Dr. Tera Poole (headed for an orthodontic residency) became the first black valedictorian at the world’s first dental school (University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry), according to mic.com
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Proposed emoji, courtesy of Unicode.org/ Rachel Been, Nicole Bleuel, Agustin Fonts, Mark Davis

Perhaps these quantum leaps and small steps will lead to greater parity in leadership roles in

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Incisal Edge reporter Elizabeth Dilts asks women to weigh in on the whys behind their dearth in dental industry leadership roles.

the dental community (read more on the topic at Incisal Edge), as encouraged by various branches of organized dentistry, such as the American Dental Association, the American Association of Women Dentists, and through innovative organizations such as The Lucy Hobbs Project.

Or better yet, equality in earnings across the board, from dentistry to high tech professionals.

Here’s hoping June delivers another smile-worthy month of forward motion.

 

 

How She Does It All – Power & Balance of the Female Dentist.

The topic of the day at Abington Hospital’s Jefferson Health Zaslow Auditorium as presented by Lisa Philp, RDH, drew Lucy Hobbs Project members for an afternoon of insight. Special guest at the event included American Dental Association Immediate Past President Dr. Maxine Feinberg. The Lucy Hobbs Project mission: to empower women in dentistry to drive change and […]