Speak Spanglish? Cultural Considerations in Dentistry

  • Thursday 1/27/2022
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Course Code: 177TL
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Room Location: BCEC Exhibit Floor Classroom A
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours
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Amber Lovatos, RDH is the Clinical Director of Dental Services at TOMAGWA HealthCare Ministries, a non-profit medical and dental clinic. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Amber speaks on a variety of topics including teledentistry, abuse, public health, disabilities, the correlation between diabetes and cancer, caring for the Hispanic population, and human trafficking. She has presented numerous times, both nationally and regionally, including at the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Association of Orthodontics, and American Academy of Orofacial Pain. She is also the co-founder of Dental Hygiene Spark, a social media platform dedicated to empowering dental hygienists. Amber is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Dental Education Association’s Crest Oral-B Scholarship for Dental Hygienists' Pursuing Academic Careers, ADEA Sigma Phi Alpha Scholarship, ADHA Irene Woodall Graduate Scholarship, and ADHA Wrigleys Mars Foundation Grant. Amber has a passion for service and public health. More than that, Amber has dedicated her career to serving the underserved and increasing access to care. She is passionate about bringing care to people’s communities and empowering others to do the same.

Have you ever wished you could do more for your patient, but found that culture has been a barrier? I think we have all noticed there is certain misinformation passed along indifferent cultures. Even as healthcare workers, we often experience this with our own families. As a Mexican American myself, I know a great deal of the different "medical tips" that are passed along from our favorite "tia" (aunt) or the overly helpful "vecino" (neighbor). These behaviors are far too common in the Hispanic and Latinx community. They are also behaviors I try to understand and empathize with so that I can better care for my minority patients. In this course, you will learn the “why” behind some of the behaviors in the Hispanic and Latinx communities. You will become familiar with the nuances of dealing with Hispanics, environmental factors that contribute to their decision-making, and learn how to leverage our similarities. The “meta” or goal of this course is to equip dental professionals to better understand the cultural factors affecting our patients’ behaviors so that we can increase equity in the minority community.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify barriers to dental care in the Hispanic and Latinx community
  • Modify care to increase comfortability among Hispanic and Latinx patients
  • Differentiate between Latinx and Hispanic patients
  • Incorporate culturally appropriate language into their care
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician
Ambient Noise Disclaimer: Please note that this course will be held on the Exhibit Hall Floor and will be subject to ambient noise.
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