Dr. Tamanna Tiwari recently published a review of studies that looked at how the process of acculturation enhances or inhibits oral health and oral healthy intervention in children. She kindly accepted to do an interview with me in which she further explained the concept and its importance.
Dr. Tiwari is Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry and Population Health at the University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine.
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- For immigrant children, acculturation can be a major factor having an impact on their oral health.
- Acculturation can be measured using standardized scales but more often is measured using a proxy, such as the length of stay and preference of English language.
- Improving the cultural competency of dental teams can reduce barriers to access to care for immigrant families and built trust in dental health care.
- Involving community members in oral health research design and implementation of research can be a crucial factor in the adoption of recommended oral health behaviors.
Full conversation (18.37″)