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WHO WAS THE FIRST FEMALE TO EARN HER DOCTORATE IN DENTISTRY?

LUCY HOBBS

In 1865, the dental society invited Hobbs to serve as a delegate to a national convention in Chicago, where her colleagues formally demanded that the Ohio College of Dental Surgery finally admit her as a student. The college com- plied; its faculty voted again, this time promising to accept Hobbs to dental school provided she reapply. Hobbs did so and was accepted, enrolling as a senior on account of her years of professional experience. She received her diploma on February 21, 1866, becoming the first woman in the world to earn a doctorate in dentistry. She remained the only female dentist for the next eight years.

DRINKING COFFEE

Did you know drinking coffee can accelerate orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) through enhancing osteoclastogenesis? Caffeine has been shown to affect bone metabolism through regulation of osteoclast, osteoblasts, and calcium balance.