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House examines social networking

Delegates support new technologies

San Antonio—The ADA held its fifth House of Delegates mega topic discussion Oct. 17, examining the impact of social networks on day-to-day practice.

The aim of the session was to help delegates start a dialogue while identifying key issues that are attractive to dentistry as well as those topics that are uncomfortable.

Participants gathered at small tables as they listened to their fellow delegates discuss social networks and how this trend could potentially impact oral and dental health care issues.

Among the questions discussed:

1. Based on what you currently know about emerging smart/social networks, how important do you believe it is for individual dentists to incorporate these technologies into their day-to-day practices?

  • Very important: 68 percent;
  • Somewhat important: 29 percent;
  • Not too important: 3 percent;
  • Not at all important: 0 responses.

2. How important do you think it is that the ADA incorporates emerging communications technologies into its services?

  • Very important: 88 percent;
  • Somewhat important: 12 percent;
  • Not too important: 0 responses;
  • Not at all important: 0 responses.

3. Based on what you currently know about emerging smart/social networks, what is your prediction as to their potential impact on organized dentistry?

  • Positive: 73 percent;
  • Neutral: 21 percent;
  • Negative: 6 percent.