• Oral Health & Ethnicity – Do They Connect?


    September 16th, 2010adminArticles

    Medical conditions have often been linked to an ethnicity of the patient suffering from the disease. Like hair color, the possibility of acquiring a medical condition can be attuned to your ancestry and ethnicity as well. Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of commonalities between ethnicity and diseases the survival rate between a Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic and Asian who all have Alzheimer’s can turn into heavily-deviating figures. In a 2007 report involving 30,000 Alzheimer’s Disease patients, African-Americans and Hispanics outlived Caucasians and Asians, but while the rate may bring about generic hypotheses on the survival rate for people with similar neural conditions, other psychological and environmental conditions still factor in.

    And just like medical conditions, dental conditions are also being studied if certain dental maladies can be pinpointed to ethnicity and race. Dental statisticians believe that pinpointing dental conditions to race, ethnicity, culture will pave the way for dentists in the near future to come up with specialized solutions to both traumatic and non-traumatic dental conditions for individuals who have different or mixed races.

    Culture and socio-economic lifestyles mean trouble for third-world countries. Children are the most affected by the daily oral routines practiced and scrumptious-but-life-threatening meals fed by parents who see these as an “instrument” to their child’s sustained growth. Depriving children of a healthy life at such an early and sensitive age will leave them blistered for the years to come. The African and Hispanic community, though outliving Caucasian and Asian races by a foothold by mortality statistics, often live the most burdened life because of disparaging dental conditions caused by parental neglect and below-the-poverty-line living conditions.

    Tobacco usage, alcoholic beverage consumption, food variety, water supply are the predominant causes of dental caries, tooth decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, oral cancer, and other minor and major dental conditions.  Partaking in a healthy diet “may” increase your lifespan, but we cannot deny that religious practices, ancestry, ethnicity and race all play a determining role on the span your life here on earth.

    Oral cancer’s most intriguing facet is the origin of the cancerous tissue located in the oral cavity. While knowing that smoking, drinking and oral sex are known causes of oral cancer, much is yet to be known if genetic predisposition and multiracial genes acquired from ethnicity plays a key role in the disease’s development. The early signs of oral health conditions may also appear more apparent to people with different races. Regardless of race however, education plays a key role. Health departments of countries with the highest mortality rates for a particular disease should elevate their concentration on the study of that disease, likewise people who already know that there have been deaths in the family line from a common disease.

    Be it known that if you live in a family line that suffers from oral-cancer related deaths, cut down on tobacco and other nicotine-rich products. Know the numbers. Be informed.


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