Diversity & inclusion in oral care — and quip

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Black Lives Matter.
Black Trans Lives Matter.
LGBTQ+ Lives Matter.


This June, in addition to celebrating Pride Month, we’ve stood alongside our colleagues, customers and dental professionals to support the Black community. We condemn and are taking action against systemic racism, injustice and discrimination. In this edition of the Mouthoff, we take a look at how racism and other biases impact oral health and dentistry, and how quip is driving diversity and inclusion in the company, community, and dental industry.


Diversity in oral care

Race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age and geographic location all have undeniable impacts on oral health and dentistry. We see this reflected in the oral health disparities that exist among ethnic groups and the LGBTQ+ community, and by the under-representation of female, minority, and LGBTQ+ providers in the field itself.

In the patient population, Black, non-Hispanic People of Color and Mexican Americans aged 35–44 years experience untreated tooth decay nearly twice as much as non-Hispanic white people. In the dental industry, while diversity is trending in the right direction, the overall percentage of female dentists is still only about 33.4%, and Black Americans make up less than 4% of dental hygienists and 4.3% of dentists.

We all have mouths, and everyone should have equal access to quality oral healthcare, and be empowered to pursue a career taking care of teeth. As quip continues to strive towards our mission — perfect oral health for every mouth — we must bring visibility to these deeply rooted issues to help influence policy makers, and dental school recruiting and curriculums to help drive long-term change.


We will best be able to drive racial, gender and social equity, as well as our mission of perfect oral health for everyone, by having diverse representation and empowerment in our team, our brand, and our leadership.

Diversity and inclusion have always been core to who we are, but to help drive lasting change, we need to do more.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been working internally to update our Diversity and Inclusion strategy with a concrete action plan to help achieve two key goals:

  1. Increasing representation of diverse employees within our organization and leadership
  2. Building a culture that actively represents, celebrates and influences diversity in our community.

To achieve this, our updated action plan will outline on-going efforts and new initiatives across how we build and nurture our team to reflect diversity, how we work together and empower one another, how we use our platform and project our message in branding and content, and how we invest in our communities and dental industry.

We look forward to sharing more details in the coming weeks, and we thank you for your continued support and membership. In the meantime, please see below for ways we’ve been supporting our community this month, and how you can support, too.

The quip Team


We are lending our voice to uplift communities and organizations that deserve amplification. Below is a round up of groups that quip supports in the fight for racial equality, diversity, and inclusion.

The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color. quip has donated to the NDA and applied to be a member of the NDA Corporate Roundtable to help the NDA fulfill their mission and goals.
In celebration of Pride Month, quip is donating to organizations that provide resources and support for LGBTQ+ People of Color, like the Audre Lorde Project.
Through our Give Back Task Force, quip is matching employee donations to organizations like the Equal Justice Initiative, the ACLU, and NAACP Legal Defense Fund.


As the global pandemic continues and health experts recommend wearing masks to protect ourselves and others, we consequently have another challenge to face: mask breath. If you’re fresh out of gum or mints (the wrong kind of which can simply *mask* the scent), squeeze in a quick brush sesh, and don’t forget your tongue — to eliminate that stench-causing bacteria, and make your mask-wearing experience minty fresh.


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