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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?
The credible information online question can be asked about any subject.

It is usually found by researching accepted experts in the field, in this case dental health and dentistry. Of course, sharecare.com can be your go-to site for dental health and general health information. Answers are written by experts who are approved by Sharecare, and all answers are reviewed prior to online publishing.

Other sites that you may wish to visit are those of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and dental specialty organizations. For specific information you may wish to ask your dentist or contact your local dental society.
 

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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.