Cultural Influences

The effects of cultural background on health values, knowledge, and practice have been well documented. An adult patient who has never been to a dental provider would undoubtedly have a different value on preventive dental health care than an adult who received regular, routine preventive dental care since before kindergarten.18 Another phenomenon that is being witnessed is the number of people accessing dental care in hospitals. It is important to remember, if an individual comes from a culture in which dental services are routinely available in a health care system, such as a hospital, it makes sense that individual would try to access dental services in a similar facility.18