Developing a Research Agenda on the Political Economy of Immigrants’ Oral Health

Paola Calvasina, Denise Gastaldo, Carlos Quiñonez, Carles Muntaner

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)759-761
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Young Talents for Science Program - CAPES Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) - Brazil, Santos Dumont Avenue, no. 5753, Room 1107, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements The funding was provided by Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHIRN) of the Applied Health Research Network Initiative (AHRNI) of the Government of Ontario.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


  • Immigrants
  • Oral health
  • Political economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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