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Title Oral Health Beliefs in Hispanics
Clinical Question Is the oral health of Hispanics affected by their cultural beliefs?
Clinical Bottom Line No key results could be obtained due to the inconsistent pattern of the cultural factors, oral health beliefs, and behaviors studied among different Hispanic groups. (See Comments on the CAT below)
Best Evidence (you may view more info by clicking on the PubMed ID link)
PubMed ID Author / Year Patient Group Study type
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#1) 18793438Yogita/2008Hispanic Americans Systemic Review
Key resultsA systemic review was conducted that included epidemiologic assessments, clinical surveys, and qualitative studies that assessed oral health of parents (mothers and/or fathers) about oral health status, oral health beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions related to their children. Also other studies assessed cultural factors, oral health beliefs, and behaviors among adults about themselves. No key results could be obtained due to the inconsistent pattern of the cultural factors, oral health beliefs, and behaviors studied among different Hispanic groups using various data collection methods and study types. However, additional research studies were reported to be currently underway. Articles published after the systemic review added to the literature about additional cultural factors, oral health practices and beliefs in Hispanic population groups. Since this systemic review was published additional in-depth qualitative and ethnographic studies were conducted to evaluate cultural factors, oral health beliefs and practices discussing various oral health related topics (e.g., dietary practices and behaviors, perceptions of fluorides and their use, and seeking dental care) in various Hispanic groups predominantly living in California. No large scale studies such epidemiologic assessments or clinical surveys evaluating cultural factors and oral health beliefs among representative samples of Hispanic groups were reported in the literature after the systemic review.
Evidence Search Pubmed "oral health", "cultural beliefs", "hispanics", and "American hispanics"
Comments on
The Evidence
The articles that were found were mostly case trials without research on cultural and beliefs.
Applicability Selected Hispanic/Latino populations.
Specialty/Discipline (Public Health) (General Dentistry) (Dental Hygiene)
Keywords Hispanics, cultural beliefs, oral health.
ID# 780
Date of submission: 03/17/2011spacer
E-mail zayed@livemail.uthscsa.edu
Author Amani Zayed
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Faculty mentor/Co-author Jane Steffensen, DDS
Faculty mentor/Co-author e-mail STEFFENSEN@uthscsa.edu
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by Jelena Seibold DDS / Shannon Roberts DDS (San Antonio, TX) on 08/08/2013
We conducted a PubMed search in August 2013 and currently, there is no new research on this topic. After reviewing the cited article in this CAT, we agree that there is no consistency among subsets of the Hispanic culture to be able to generalize their cultural beliefs as it relates to oral health. It would also be prudent to note that the citation is somewhat incorrect, the last name of the first author is Butani; Yogita is the author's first name.

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