Creation of a Bilingual Children’s Book to Highlight the Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Dental Service Utilization Public

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  • Although Latino students make up more than a quarter of the U.S. public school system, only three percent of children’s literature either features a Latino protagonist or is written by a Latino author (Machado et al.). Latinos are therefore severely underrepresented in children’s books. Additionally, studies have revealed that Latino children are less likely than their white counterparts to have had a dental exam in the past six months (Pourat and Finocchio, 1359). ¡Abre la boca! Carmen y la Dentista (Open up! Carmen and the Dentist) is a bilingual children’s book in Spanish and English that features a Latina named Carmen who adores all things sweet. Her world turns upside-down when she discovers that she has cavities and fears she will never be able to eat sweets again. ¡Abre la boca! will be distributed to dental offices and health clinics in the Portland and Corvallis areas in order to encourage healthy eating and dental care habits, boost literacy rates, facilitate language learning, and trigger a discussion surrounding the existence of racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. dental service utilization. Key Words: dental care, racial disparities, children’s book, Latino, healthy diet
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