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Article: Volume 41 Number 7 Page 629 - September 2014

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  Dent Update 2014; 41: 629-636

Oral medicine:  Oral Health and the Provision of Care to Panjabi Patients in the UK

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Abstract: There is a substantial Panjabi community in the UK and its language is the second most common to be used in the country. As a result, it is critical that all practitioners concerned with oral health are aware of the dental practices of this community and of the increased risk of conditions such as head and neck cancer. This review assesses work published in the UK as well as in India and Pakistan. It emphasizes the need for a better understanding of cultural aspects of our care. Of course many aspects are not unique to this community but a better understanding will help with approaches to other communities. Social practices, such as paan use, can occur with greater frequencies amongst others, such as the Bangladeshi community. However, the purpose of this review is to concentrate attention on the largest minority community in the UK and, through this mechanism, to encourage interest in other groups. This interest should lead to practical approaches, such as: the development of relevant focus groups to improve clinical care; to develop outreach programmes to schools and community associations, including temples, gurdwaras and mosques; the production of appropriate literature and other media.

Clinical relevance: This review should ensure that the reader is aware of attitudes towards dental care in the Panjabi community and of the increased frequency of a range of clinical conditions.

Author notes: Affifa Farrukh, FCPS MRCP, Saad Sayeed MFDS RCS(Ed) and John Mayberry, DSc, FRCP, Department of Digestive Diseases, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK.

Objective: To increase awareness of dental care provision for the Panjabi community.