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Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Oral Health

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - This alert was issued to consumers in 2008 concerning the ingredient persulfate in denture cleansers. A list of allergic reaction symptoms is included.

Annotation:American Dental Association - This site explains the criteria for products receiving the Seal and includes a link to recommended products.

Annotation:National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health - A description of what fluoridated water is, along with a discussion of the benefits and risks for this additive.

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - This consumer update provides charts and a discussion on what consumers can do to minimize exposure to medical radiation, including dental X-rays.

Annotation:MedlinePlus - This site is a portal to information on all aspects of oral health with links to specific topics, dictionaries, research, tutorials and professional organizations.

Annotation:Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) - Information for consumers who have questions and concerns about their dental care and oral health. Includes a directory of AGD members

Annotation:Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. The site includes a directory as well as information on conditions that benefit from the expertise an OMS

Annotation:Includes oral health topics and a Find a Dentist search engine.

Annotation:Includes a Find a Dentist section to search for a SCCDS-member dentist by name, location, or specialty as well as answers to many of your dental questions.

Annotation:MedlinePlus - This site is a gateway to articles on common conditions such as cold sores, canker sores, dry mouth and gum disease.

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.

Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.

Annotation:MedlinePlus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.

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Visit the PlaneTree Health Information Center online: http://sccl.org/services/planetree NOTE: This information should not be viewed as a means for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


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