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Prenuptial Dental Extractions in Acadian Women: First Report of a Cultural Tradition

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Title: Prenuptial Dental Extractions in Acadian Women: First Report of a Cultural Tradition
Author(s): Gordon, Sara C.; Kaste, Linda M.; Barasch, Andrei; Safford, Monika M.; Foong, Choong; ElGeneidy, Adry
Abstract: Background: Prenuptial tooth extractions, extractions of all teeth in at least one dental arch before marriage, are not identified in the dental literature. Driven by a professional encounter, the purpose of this study was to confirm the existence of this practice among Acadian women. Methods: An 8-item survey instrument with space for comments was mailed to 182 dentists from traditionally Acadian regions of Canada. The survey was provided in English and French. Results: Ninety dentists responded (50.3%); 8 of them (9%) had been asked to perform prenuptial extractions, and an additional 9 volunteered awareness of this practice. Awareness and requests were associated with dental practice in a county with a ‡ 20% French-speaking population. Conclusions: Prenuptial extractions in this population have been confirmed by the current cohort of dentists. The potential public health, clinical, and systemic health research implications for women who are edentulous for most of their adult life merit further study. Additionally, it is important to determine if interventions are needed to curtail cultural expectations of such practices.
Issue Date: 2011-12
Publisher: Mary Ann Liebert
Citation Info: Gordon, S. C., Kaste, L. M., Barasch, A., Safford, M. M., Foong, W. C., & Elgeneidy, A. 2011. Prenuptial dental extractions in acadian women: first report of a cultural tradition. Journal of Women's Health (Larchmt.), 20(12): 1813-1818. oi:10.1089/jwh.2011.3074.
Type: Article
Description: This is a copy of an article published in the Journal of Women's Health © 2011 copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.; Journal of Women's Health is available online at: DOI:10.1089/jwh.2011.3074.
ISSN: 1540-9996
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-08-21

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