Dental Hygiene and Developing Nations Term Paper by Nicky

A look at standards of dental medicine in developing nations.
# 146184 | 856 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 21, 2010 in Medical and Health (Dentistry) , Sociology (Poverty)

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This paper briefly explores issues in dental hygiene in developing nations and rural areas. First, the paper addresses how culture may impact a patient's view of dental hygiene, and further suggests strategies for the practitioner to use when interacting with those from different nations. Then, the paper discusses dental health issues of the developing world. The World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendations for maintaining dental health and prevention are presented. Programs for promoting dental health in rural Alberta are also described. The paper concludes with a consideration of dental issues faced by many elderly in Mexico.

From the Paper:

"Moreover cultural differences play such an important role in the practicing of dental care that the author suggests the best philosophy to adhere to for a dental hygienist is a "holistic" one. That philosophy supports a welcoming attitude by the professional no matter what cultural background the patient represents. The dental hygienist should open up communication with patients from other countries and cultures by finding some common ground, the text offers on page 66. The best way to help the patient who is from another country or culture is to practice "cross-cultural competence" - that is, do some homework on that particular culture; speak softly and slowly and use positive body language; and be respectful, kind, and warm towards that person."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Emami, Elbam. (2008). Focusing on oral health for the Canadian rural population. Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 13(1), 36-38.
  • World Health Organization. (2005). More oral health care needed for ageing populations. Retrieved March 5, 2009, from
  • World Health Organization (2007). Oral Health. Retrieved March 5, 2009, from

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