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Dental CRT – Public Dentistry Organization Goes All-in on “Anti-racism”

Dental CRT – Public Dentistry Organization Goes All-in on “Anti-racism”

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry has released a special issue of their Journal of Public Health Dentistry, promoting a Kendiian vision of “antiracism”

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry‘s special Spring 2022 issue of their Journal of Public Health Dentistry takes a clear stand in favor of applying Critical Race Theory-infused anti-racist prescriptions to the field of oral health.

The issue begins with an opening editorial referencing how “the murder of George Floyd raised the public consciousness about systemic racism,” and aligns with the position of many states and local governments that “racism is a public health crisis.”

The editors go on to declare that racism is the single cause of public health disparities between racialized groups:

“To be clear, the root causes of racial inequities are individual and systemic racism. And to make progress on reducing racial inequities, we as a dental public health community need to be actively engaged in anti-racism work. It is the hope of the authors and editors that after reading the special issue, readers will be inspired to reflect on their work with an eye toward opportunities for anti-racist action, and to gain a deeper commitment to equity. As practitioners and those committed to oral health, we must center anti-racism in our work – to deliver care, train students and residents, improve population-level health, conduct the best scientific research, and advocate and implement effective policies – if we are to live up to the ideals of equity and justice.”

A accompanying glossary highlights key terms such as “intersectionality”, “implicit bias”, and the differences between “interpersonal racism”, “internalized racism”, and “systemic/institutional racism.”

An excerpt from the issue’s lead editorial: “From a call to action to taking action: Exploring the science, education, practice, and policy implications of dental public health as an antiracist discipline”

The journal defines the word “antiracism” as “the active process of identifying and challenging racism, by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices, and attitudes, to redistribute power in an equitable manner.”

Release of the special issue was one of the “action steps” required by a white paper released by AAPHD in July 2021, entitled “Anti-Racism in Dental Public Health: A Call to Action.”

AAPHD’s white paper cites Dr. Ibram Kendi’s “How to be an Antiracist” (boldface in source)

Topics addressed in the 19 articles cover a broad range, including:

  • Transformative changes to public health research
  • Changes to dental school curricula to include more critical race theory
  • Decrying “colorblind” approaches to addressing racism
  • Understanding racism as a “Structural Determinant of Health” (SDoH)

Increased hiring, retention and promotion of minority faculty is also a priority. To support a “transformation of humanistic culture,” the authors of “Anti-racism structures in academic dentistry: Supporting underrepresented racially/ethnically diverse faculty” lay out an ambitious “Antiracism Framework” for dental schools.

Having “a critical mass of faculty of color” is seen as crucial in order to “further a humanistic culture and educational environment by helping create a climate where students feel comfortable to participate and learn.” And existing policies are to be reevaluated for evidence of “disparate impact”: 

“Hiring criteria, search committee processes, workload, tenure and promotion policies, professional development, and mentoring practices must be reviewed for evidence of racial bias or disparate impact on faculty of color and replaced with new policies and processes that are equitable.”

The authors also reference Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) standard 1–4, which requires dental schools to “have policies and practices to achieve appropriate levels of diversity among its students, faculty, and staff.”

The open-access, special issue was funded by Carequest Institute for Oral Health, a non-profit foundation devoted to “reimagining oral health” to create a “more equitable future,” via grantmaking, research, health improvement programs, policy and advocacy, and education.


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I doubt anyone will read the issue of this dental rag (and I doubt many people will read this LI article — it lost me after a couple of paragraphs). Pure bullshit!

The Gentle Grizzly | June 30, 2022 at 7:18 pm


As of Dentistry wasn’t bad enough. Nothing enjoyable going to the dentist
My dentist of 38 years retired and although I like the new dentist, she doesn’t have his experience.
But she can not keep hygienist, she’s had two alphabet hygienists and they quit after a few months. Really didn’t like either very much.
Nobody wants to work, nobody. They make like 60$ and hour here in the Austin area and after Covid, maybe they are afraid, I don’t know but my cleanings have been cancelled 3 times already so I may need to find a dentist with an actual hygienist.

anti-racism is just anti-white hate

henrybowman | June 30, 2022 at 8:42 pm

There will never be real equity until dentists install black teeth, not just remove them.

They just don’t understand that racism is bad no matter what your reason is. People must be judged by the content of their character not the color of their skin.

    JohnSmith100 in reply to ConradCA. | July 1, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Exactly what MLK was asking for, and a reasonable position to take, unfortunately a large percentage of the black population have ethical standards similar Muslims, where it is considered acceptable to lie, cheat, steal and even murder, if it benefits the respective groups.

agree with CRT. White teeth stay, while black (decayed/rotten) teeth and stumps go.
Not fair.

This is just a preliminary move to matriculate and graduate totally unqualified people through dental school.

    faye grimm in reply to paracelsus. | July 1, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Exactly … I mean, look at Biden’s VP and his new press secretary. Skin color and gender/sexual orientation are now more important qualifiers than ability, talent and skill.

George_Kaplan | June 30, 2022 at 10:21 pm

What constitutes a critical mass? Is it based on absolute numbers, or proportionality? And why is race based critical mass essential when having non-Left or Far Left thinkers in faculty is decried?

The proportion and absolute number of non-White faculty is already vastly higher than non-Leftists.

They don’t want me to be colorblind anymore, so I guess I won’t be colorblind. I’ll see race and draw conclusions from it.

Are they happy now?

Critical Race Theory is Marxism and a cancer on society

Forget all the other buzzwords, when I see the word “center” I get triggered.

Unlike, say, diabetes or sickle cell, I don’t recall there being meaningful differences in white and black dentition.

Steven Brizel | July 1, 2022 at 8:18 am

CRT has zero to do with dentistry or any other form of education

May I suggest a vacation in Panama where all of your dentistry needs can be obtained for about 20% of the cost in the States and Canada from well trained dentists who know nothing about CRT but a lot about painless dentistry.

We also have Transportation Secretary Pete Butt-Edge-Edge pushing a bill spending billions to fix our racist highways. These people are insanely stupid.

This is the first I’ve ever heard of “public health dentistry”. What does it mean? The opposite of private health dentistry? I’ve long applauded the dental profession for having successfully avoided becoming part of ACA Obamacare. I think I”ll stick with my private health dentist, and just keep my fingers crossed that this other group doesn’t damage dental education too much as they impose CRT on dentists in training.

Critical Racists’ Theory (CRT) is conceived under Diversity [dogma] (e.g. racism), Inequity, and Exclusion (DIE) doctrine of the nominally secular Pro-Choice ethical religion of the Progressive Cult/Corporation/Clinic/Chamber (PC).

thalesofmiletus | July 1, 2022 at 10:33 am

“Teeth are too white!”