Boost your DentistryIQ: Racial equity and diversity for dental practices

Aug. 12, 2020
What are dentists doing to address today's issues on racial equity and diversity? Two dentists share how they believe their peers can do their parts.

Recent racial unrest has highlighted the need for national reform. How can dentists be a part of that? Dr. Pamela Maragliano-Muniz speaks with two dentists who are working toward better integration and social justice.

Dr. Nicholas Gordon believes the first thing dentists can do is listen. He says to remember that you do not have all the answers and listen to what your patients and colleagues, especially those from diverse backgrounds, have to say when it comes to oral health.

Dr. Brian Swann compares the awareness of the ‘60s awareness to that of today. He witnessed many changes after the civil rights movement and says there are many similarities between then and now. He says oral health professionals have great opportunities to break down barriers and provide better health care. Dentists can demonstrate how they can play a role by looking at everyone without bias.

What other ideas do Drs. Swann and Gordon share for their peers who want to help make the world a better and more diverse place? Find out here.

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of DentistryIQ and editorial co-director of Through the Loupes. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]

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