The Internet and Orthodontics

The internet is a great place for lots of information and is a handy tool in so many different circumstances but a new study shows that it might be best to think twice before taking information from the internet about orthodontics to heart. There is a lot of misinformation out there in the orthodontic field specifically that ends up on the web. Check out this article about why it’s best to just get advice from a professional orthodontist. 

(Reuters Health) – Internet information about orthodontic braces varies in quality and may not be entirely accurate, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

Orthodontic patients may look for information on the Web, but some people have questioned the quality of that information, the researchers write in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The study team used the search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing to find websites giving advice on oral hygiene for braces.

They used the search terms “cleaning braces,” “brushing braces” and “oral hygiene and braces.”

Overall, they evaluated 62 websites for accessibility, usability, reliability, readability and completeness of information, such as instructions about tooth brushing, dietary advice, fluoride recommendations, and dental care accessories.

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