Article: Volume 47 Number 8 Page 629 - September 2020

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Guest Editorial:  Fake News and Oral Healthcare

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Abstract: Fake news is a recurrent issue in healthcare. Dentistry is not immune to its influence. Patients might find it more convenient to use the Internet to learn more about their oral and dental problems. However, online content may often be misleading and potentially harmful. The advent of COVID-19 has exacerbated the problem. Here, we present simple actions to empower dental professionals against the proliferation of fake news. Understanding the implications of our online activity is important for professionals and our patients.

Author notes: Marco Antonio Dias da Silva, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande Marie Curie; Postdoc Research Fellow, University of Birmingham and Anthony Damien Walmsley, Professor of Restorative Dentistry, University of Birmingham, 5 Mill Pool Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham B5 7EG, UK.