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Transcultural Barriers and Cultural Competence in Dental Hygiene Practice

Khalid Almas, Salim Rayman

Citation Information : Almas K, Rayman S. Transcultural Barriers and Cultural Competence in Dental Hygiene Practice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007; 8 (4):43-51.

DOI: 10.5005/jcdp-8-4-43

License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Published Online: 01-07-2008

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2007; The Author(s).



The aim of this paper is to highlight the need to integrate cultural care into dental hygiene practice.


Culture can be better understood through the concepts, beliefs, and norms of the culturally diverse population of the United States. It is important to understand cultural perceptions of oral health in order to manage transcultural barriers that may arise during the utilization of oral healthcare services. It is assumed cultural competence can only be achieved through the knowledge of various cultural backgrounds in an extremely diverse US population.


There is a need to integrate cultural awareness, knowledge, identification, and respect into the dental hygiene curriculum through the incorporation of competencies and standards associated with dental hygiene practice. Future dental hygienists should be culturally competent to render oral care to an ever expanding and diversified US population.


Rayman S, Almas K. Transcultural Barriers and Cultural Competence in Dental Hygiene Practice. J Contemp Dent Pract 2007 May;(8)4:043-051.

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