Celebrating Dental Diversity Month demonstrates your commitment to equity, inclusion, and excellence in dental care.

This benefits your staff, patients, and your community.

Before we talk about how to celebrate, let’s review what Dental Diversity Month is and some of the benefits of celebrating it.

What is Dental Diversity Month?

Dental Diversity Month is celebrated each year in June. It’s a dedicated time to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion within the field of dentistry. 

It also focuses on recognizing the unique dental needs and challenges of various populations, including those from different cultural, ethnic, socioeconomic, and demographic backgrounds. 

Some of the goals of Dental Diversity Month include:

  1. Raising Awareness
  2. Promoting Inclusivity
  3. Increasing Cultural Competence
  4. Celebrating Contributions
  5. Engaging the Community 
  6. Implementing Educational Initiatives

Why Your Dental Office Should Celebrate

Dental Diversity Month is a valuable occasion for dental offices to celebrate for several compelling reasons:

  1. Raising Awareness: It provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the unique dental health challenges faced by diverse populations, including differences in oral health due to genetic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors.
  2. Promoting Inclusivity: Celebrating Dental Diversity Month highlights the importance of inclusivity within the dental practice. It emphasizes that patients from all backgrounds and with different dental needs are welcome and respected.
  3. Encouraging Cultural Competence: Celebrating dental diversity encourages dental professionals to develop cultural competence, which is essential for providing effective and respectful care to a diverse patient population.
  4. Highlighting Contributions: It is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of diverse dental professionals and the advancements they have brought to the field of dentistry.
  5. Fostering a Positive Environment: Recognizing and celebrating diversity can help create a positive and welcoming environment in the dental office, improving patient satisfaction and loyalty.
  6. Professional Development: It offers a platform for dental professionals to engage in continued education and training on cultural sensitivity and diversity issues, enhancing their ability to serve a wider range of patients effectively.
  7. Community Engagement: Dental Diversity Month can be a time for dental offices to engage with their local communities through outreach programs, health fairs, and educational workshops, strengthening community ties and promoting oral health.
  8. Educating Patients: Dental offices can use this month to educate patients about the importance of dental diversity. This includes understanding different oral health practices and traditions across cultures and how they impact dental care.

Ways to Participate

Here are a seven ways for your office to participate in 

  1. Participate in a Workshops or Webinars. The Amplifying Voices webinar series through the ADA provides a space to hear perspectives around diversity, equity, and inclusion in dentistry.
  2. Share Information. Read and share a blog post on diversity in dentistry
  3. Get Educated. Educate yourself and your staff on mental health. The ADA offers a playlist on Youtube to help. There are also a series of paid webinars that may be helpful.
  4. Join the Champions Network. This group meets virtually every 2 months to discuss diversity and inclusion.
  5. Join the ADA Institute for Diversity in Leadership. There’s no fee and the institute is open to all active, licensed dentists residing in the U.S.
  6. Partner Within Your Community. Local organizations offer an opportunity to spread the word while increasing the visibility of your dental practice.
  7. Highlight Diverse Contributions. Highlight diverse stories through your blog, newsletters, and social media.

Chris Lewandowski

Published June 11, 2024

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