Diversity and the dental school experience

On May 21, ASDA celebrated the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development for the third consecutive year. According to the UN, “The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity … [it] is a driving force of development, not only with respect to economic growth, but also as a means of leading a more fulfilling intellectual, emotional, moral and spiritual life.”

Celebrating diversity: What Diwali means to me

As an American-born Indian raised in small west-Texas towns, my ethnic identity has always been a bit of a question mark to me. My parents valued the importance of integrating my sister and I into American culture, while continuing to honor precious Indian traditions. One tradition that I look forward to every year is Diwali, or the Festival of Lights.

Cosmetic dentistry from a cultural standpoint

White, perfectly aligned teeth have become an American staple. Because of this, many believe that the “Hollywood smile” is the healthiest, most ideal smile. Many dentists brand themselves as “cosmetic dentists” to address this demand. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that aesthetic dentistry must complement the overall general and oral health of the patient. Cosmetic dentistry refers to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth, gums and occlusion, despite functionality. However, the importance of functionality in smile design must not be overlooked.