Acculturation has been widely used in health research to explain oral health disparities between immigrants and their native born counterparts. However, immigrants’ oral health studies have not clearly defined the acculturation construct. Also, a narrow focus on cultural oral health behaviours is likely to be inadequate for explaining immigrants’ oral health inequities, which are also rooted in societal, political and economic factors produced across the globe. In this brief report, we discuss the use of the acculturation framework in the dental public health literature, note gaps in this approach, and argue for the need to incorporate the political economy lens to help better understand the complexities of immigrants’ oral health.
- Oral health
- Political economy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health