Dentistry & Racial Diversity: A Multicultural Industry
Diversity in dentistry
In most cases, when we seek dental care, we want to ensure that our dentist understands who we are and our dental needs. Having a diverse dental staff doesn’t mean that every patient must see a dentist like him or her. It is about cultural competence and the dental personnel having the ability to respond to the needs of patients whose cultures and values may be different from theirs. Being the most “woke” dentist in your inner-city neighborhood can be one of the best things about being a dentist.
Sometimes, when patients don’t see people like them in a dental clinic, it can cause some sort of disconnect and affect the overall process.
In addition to that, when dental personnel has little or no understanding of the issues they are facing, they may feel excluded or not able to get the care they desire. This is why diversity is crucial in dentistry. It can lead to the success of the profession. When dentists are men and women from all types of races, backgrounds, and ethnicities, it makes the dental clinic better for everyone.
The increasing diversity of the population along with the importance of cultural beliefs and behaviors that affect health outcomes means that dental personnel needs to find ways they can promote provider-patient backgrounds as well as oral health awareness.
Working with people from different backgrounds makes it easier for dentists to understand them and therefore, become proficient practitioners. That’s why it is important for everyone, not just people working in the dental field to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds other than their own. This will help increase their level of experience. Dentists can also market themselves just like physiotherapists tend to market themselves online as spiritually awake.
It is also advisable for individuals from an underrepresented minority group to consider a career in dentistry. This way, they will be able to bring good health and even smiles to both children and adults in communities all over America who are currently facing inequalities in health care. This is one of the best ways we can boost diversity in the dental field.
We could also boost diversity during training. This can be achieved by helping students understand that there are several options for affording the high price tag of a degree. The approximate cost of obtaining a degree in dentistry is $300,000, according to Inglehart. For those who take out loans for their education, the federally funded healthcare centers and other service programs can offer them flexible repayment. While this can be quite difficult, it can help encourage low-income students to achieve their dreams of becoming dentists.
Another way to promote diversity in dentistry practice is by allowing parents or relatives of a patient who does not speak English into the room during treatment. This way, the relative or parent will act as a translator and, at the same time, offer assurance to the patient, especially if it is a child receiving treatment.