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Reputable Dental Resources

It can be difficult to find websites that have reliable information. Anyone can add anything to the internet, so it is best to proceed with caution, especially when researching health-related topics. Some types of websites that you can trust to provide authoritative information include:



Oral Health Resources


Evaluating Health Information on the Internet

Medline Plus This site offers a valuable tutorial to evaluate health information on the Internet. Use this site to access current evidence-based oral health information. It is provided as a service of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.


Making sense of evidence for oral health decision-making

Cochrane Collaboration

It can be difficult to know your best options are when it comes to healthcare, especially if you're paying for your treatment. The Cochrane Oral Health Group (COHG) is one of over 50 review groups around the world that produce extensive assessments of the effects of healthcare interventions from the best evidence available. These assessments are called systematic reviews and they are intended to be used to help people to make informed decisions about health care; whether it's for themselves, or for someone they care about. COHG makes sure that their reviews are carried out to the highest standards, and are also readable and relevant. All kinds of people use COHG's research: dentists, nurses, governments, and patients and their families.

The wait is finally over, the Cochrane Library is here with its new and improved webpages. The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1465-1858) is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups.


Oral Health Organizations

Canadian


Canadian Academy of Periodontology

Provides information about the dental specialty of periodontics and offers oral health resources under the "For Patients" tab.


Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry Includes articles from this non-profit organization that strives to improve the oral health of Canadians through advocacy for and the advancement of dental public health.


Canadian Dental Association A link to news and information on dentistry and oral health in Canada.


Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Serving the profession since 1963, CDHA is the collective national voice of more than 26,850 dental hygienists working in Canada and they directly represent 17,500 individual members including dental hygienists and students.


Dental Hygiene Canada This site, brought to you by the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association. is directed at the consumer. Access informative oral health facts and resources as well as fun, educational activities for children.


Other Organizations Providing Oral Health Resources


Oral Health | Public Health Ontario

Public health provides various services, programs and education to promote oral health in communities


Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry

OAPHD- is an association of dental professionals whose prime interest is the oral health of the general public. Our members work in local public health departments and provide oral health information and services for the communities. Other members include university faculty and students who have an interest in public health dentistry. OAPHD promotes oral health and advocates for improved access to dental care for all Ontarian's.


Consumer Guide to Dentistry

Provides consumers with comprehensive, up-to-date, unbiased information on all aspects of dentistry and oral health. The site enlightens consumers about the many dental procedures and products that can enhance their health, their appearance and their lives.The articles, some containing illustrations, cover basic information and, when applicable, treatment options. The site also maintains a glossary of dental terms and abbreviations.


Health-Related Resources


Health Care Options | Ontario.ca

Learn about health care services. Aboriginal health access centers. Breast screening centers. Breast screening programs. Children and youth mental health: signs and symptoms. Chronic pain clinics. Community care access centers. Community health centers. Community support services.


Health Canada: It's Your Health Provides reliable information on a range of health-related topics including diseases, environment, food, lifestyles, medical news, and products.


Ontario Public Health Association

Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that brings together a broad spectrum of groups and individuals concerned about people’s health. OPHA’s members come from various backgrounds and sectors - from the various disciplines in public health, health care, academic, non-profit to the private sector


Multi-Cultural/Translated Resources


Oral Health and the Aboriginal Child This site provides a home for resources, teaching tools, program information and research articles on oral health and the Aboriginal child. This venture came about as a result of a forum that took place in Winnipeg, Canada in June 2007 called “Oral Health and the Aboriginal Child” and an enduring partnership with the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife which has developed and maintained this site. Links include countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United States.


Sinai Health Systems This guide contains links to online health information resources developed to inform patients, their families and caregivers in a variety of languages. Resources are from Canadian and International sources.


Ontario - Ministry of Health and Long-Term care Publications on health-related topics. 16 languages (including English and French). Not all resources are available in all languages.


Dental care www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/publications/dental.asp (booklets) www.mhp.gov.on.ca/en/healthy-communities/dental/default.asp (posters and information cards)

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