Dental patients are better-informed than ever before, and it’s not surprising that much of their knowledge about oral health is gleaned from online sources. The team at The Allen Park Dentist thinks that overall, this is a positive development: proactive self-education can be beneficial. But we caution our friends and neighbors in the Detroit area to take online dental information with a grain of salt, and to verify it with us.
Misconceptions about medical treatment in general, and dentistry in particular, began circulating long before personal computers became ubiquitous. But the Internet has exponentially accelerated the speed and distance they can travel.
Some of the most prevalent dental myths are focused on the safety of x-rays, the risk of root canals, the facts about fluoride, and the effectiveness of alternative practices such as oil pulling.
In worst-case scenarios, patients delay or avoid necessary dental treatment because of inaccurate information they find online. We encourage our patients to discuss all areas of concern with us. You can count on us for accurate information and quality care.
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