Creating an Anti-Racism Environment (CARE)

Dentists and oral health professionals

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Sooner or later everyone needs help keeping their teeth healthy. But dentistry goes beyond teeth. Oral health professionals can also spot the first signs of some medical conditions such as oral cancers.

For some people getting the help they need with their oral health is a step they struggle to take. Experiences of racism and discrimination can make a dental phobia significantly worse, making it hard for patients to engage with services early on when prevention can still make a difference.

We have collected resources suitable for all dentistry and oral health professionals, including hygienists and therapists. Along with looking at the impact of racism on dentistry patients, some of these resources also examine how to improve diversity and inclusion within the oral health workforce.

Some of the resources created for the Dare to CARE project feature accounts of racism experienced by individuals. These scenarios are anonymised, but have been created using real stories taken from a range of sources.

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Training resource: Trainee dentist

In this 3-5 minute training resource, you'll join a student dentist as she discusses how a racist incident with a patient was dealt with by her learning provider.

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Policies and statements

Research and reports

Support and Advocacy Groups

News and blogs

General resources

"I want to uncover more of my unconscious biases. I would like to understand ways to challenge my own and others' biases when they arise, and I want to learn new ways to think about diversity beyond self vs other."
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Blog: Shame as a place of transformation

In this blog, Dr Lindsey Nicholls from the School of Health and Social Care reflects on why we cannot shy away from difficult conversations around race and racism, and the importance of hearing and listening to stories from people in marginalised groups.

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