It’s a scene that plays out thousands of times everywhere across the country every day a person learns from his dentist or doctor that there is something he is ill with; and right away, he goes home and goes online; medical advice from the Internet is what everyone in this situation looks for more than anything else. In our Google-ized world, online dental advice is something everyone has access to. Long before the Internet came about, people with access to networks of computers, say at medical universities, always did much the same thing too (even if the whole experience was a lot less user-friendly back then).
If porn is the number one search topic on the Internet, online medical or dental advice comes right after; three out of four Internet users search for information at some point. And of those who have something faster than dial-up as a way to get online, medical research is something 9 of 10 people do every single day. But this isn’t just idle research either. About 4 of 5 people who go online for medical and dentistry research, end up with information that actually changes the course they end up taking.
While to these medical and dental care researchers it can seem like searching on Google for this type of information is about as good as it gets, they need to be aware that there is a lot out there that Google doesn’t give them. As much as Google is respected and admired for its search prowess, its search technology is deeply imperfect and nowhere near approaching how people think and ask questions. For instance, if you search for prostate cancer treatment on Google, you get your predictable list of Wikipedia entries and Mayo Clinic entries. Just try searching for prostate cancer treatment groups and that one word can make a world of difference. Right away, you get all kinds of links to communities that open you up to new possibilities and how to treat the disease.
While some dentists and doctors don’t really respect how patients go and read up on their own without a dental and medical education to put everything into perspective with, other dentists and doctors really appreciate how online dental medical advice websites have turned people into real experts. The Internet truly has leveled the playing field. With access to this information, people can finally play a part in their own health and dental care.
The most powerful online dental and medical advice websites are the ones that deal with peculiar and highly specific problems. One person, who after taking medication for tuberculosis complained of a peculiar pain in the liver that wouldn’t go away for instance, found a great deal of information on the websites PatientsLikeMe and WebMD. Those kinds of obscure problems can often be a nightmare explaining to an actual doctor.
There are other great websites you could go to, too. Interested in alternative medicine? Try a few of those dental and medical sites as well.