Why do some people doubt science?
We live in a time of information overload. It is not surprising that people either don't know what to believe or are influenced by the most vocal voices; celebrities and self-appointed experts. The fluoridation controversy is a good example. The benefits of fluoride are well known but recently, there has been a backlash against community water fluoridation. Why? There has been a movement by some groups who do not believe the science and medical and dental consensus opinion.
Jenny McCarthy, an actress in the US and mother of an autistic son, used her status to tell the world that vaccines have an impact on the onset of autism. The science does not support this conclusion by Ms. McCarthy. Do you believe science or are you influenced by your peers or personal assumptions.
Dental professionals must make decisions based on science when the data is available. Otherwise, we are not providing the best care to our patients or the community. There are resources available on many topics and links that can help you in your daily practice.