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How can I find credible dental health information online?

The Internet's vast resources offer many options for finding dental health information, but how can you determine if a website is trustworthy and accurate? Just because information is posted on the Internet does not mean it is true or reliable. Identifying credible health information can be a challenge. Here are some things to consider:
  • Why is the person or organization writing about a particular topic?
  • Is the information provided in the public interest?
  • Is any advertising clearly separate from the health information?
  • Does the site promote a particular cause or point of view?
  • Is the person or organization trying to raise money?
  • Does the Web site solicit personal information? Is it asking you to do something on the organization's behalf?
  • Is there a link describing the sponsor? Is there a way to verify the Web site's sponsor, such as a telephone number or postal address?
  • Is the content presented as an opinion and stated clearly as such?
  • How long ago was the site updated?
  • Who wrote the material? Are the author's qualifications stated clearly?
  • What type of scientific or health care expertise does the content provider have?
  • Does this person have a dental or medical degree?
  • Did the information come from an objective source, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a medical or an academic institution, or a well-known scientific or medical publication?

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.