This editorial discusses a dental assistant's concern about a teacher promoting unfounded claims about fluoride and the "third eye" concept, impacting students' choices. The author explores the dubious origins of the third eye idea, referencing a yoga article, and emphasizes the importance of evidence-based approaches in dental care. Drawing from historical examples and challenges in patient beliefs, the editorial stresses the need for clinicians to blend scientific evidence, expertise, and patient preferences in a patient-centered approach. The author advocates presenting valid, reliable information in plain language to empower patients in making informed decisions and highlights the obligation to provide care supported by the best available evidence.
Smiley, Christopher J. DDS
"The Teacher, Yoga, and the Third Eye,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
6, Article 3.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss6/3
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