PANEL A – Health Matters of Hispanics

Health Matters of Hispanics in the U.S.
Oral Health, a Pathway to Better General Health


Panel Leader:

Sara Grossi DDS, MS, Professor Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University, Pediatrics Department

Panel Coordinator:

Magda A. de la Torre, RDH, MPH, Dental Hygiene Program Director, Concorde Career College



Health Matters of Hispanics in the U.S. 

Hispanics are significantly more vulnerable to oral disease than non-Hispanics. They share a greater burden and more severe dental disease compared to non-Hispanics. They are less likely to seek and receive dental treatment. The importance of oral health and prevention of dental disease in this vulnerable population is absolutely evident. We will examine the underlying causes for the high prevalence of oral diseases, diabetes, and obesity in the Hispanics in the U.S. A major objective of this workshop is to identify specific areas for public and/or private policies to promote oral health and reduce the prevalence and severity of oral disease in Hispanics in the U.S.


1. You will describe the prevalence of oral and systemic disease (diabetes and obesity) in Hispanics in the U.S.

2. You will describe the genetic, social, environmental, behavior determinants underlying the burden of oral and systemic disease in Hispanics in the U.S.

3. You will identify major obstacles, barriers to delivery and access to oral health care in Hispanics in the U.S.

4. You will prioritize and identify areas for public and private intervention to reduce the burden of oral diseases in Hispanics in the U.S.


James Hupp, DMD, MD, JD, MBAEast Carolina University School of Dental Medicine
Thomas Irons, MD, FAAPECU Brody School of Medicine
Carlos Salinas, DDS, DMDMedical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine
Gerardo Maupome, BDS, MSc, DDPH, RCS (E), PhD Indiana University School of Dentistry
E. Angeles Martinez Mier, DDS,           MSD, PhD Indiana University School of Dentistry
Carol Jahn, RDH, MS Water Pik, Inc.
Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS International Federation of Dental Hygienists
Margo Melchor, RDH, MEd UTHSC-Houston Dental Branch
Aldo Sordelli, DDS, MSD Private Practice
Lilia Larin, DDS Private Practice