Many people may believe that the internet has made it easier for us to discover what is wrong when we are sick. But new research suggests that using Google to diagnose illnesses could in fact be a very bad way of getting appropriate medical and dental treatment. At the first sign of a headache (“brain tumour?”), aching joint (“dengue?”) or a rash (“measles?”) do you find yourself looking to Dr Google? If so, then there’s a chance that your real malaise warrants another moniker: cyberchondria.
Over the past few years, our practice has probably seen countless patients who came in with an idea about their own dental condition have based on information from the internet. It’s no secret that most patients search for health information online. Google can give patients the right information, but ultimately it can’t provide real, quality care.That’s where our practice comes in, and that is something that Google can’t replicate or replace.
A new study suggests so-called “Dr. Google” is really kind of a quack , so book your appointment with a real-time dentist today.