June 11, 2013
by The American Dental Association
The ADA has terminated its relationship with Sharecare.
The Association decided to end its connection with the consumer website, which was co-founded by Mehmet Oz, M.D., otherwise known as Dr. Oz, after a March 28 episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” provided misleading information on dental amalgam. Producers refused to interview an ADA spokesperson for the segment, but Dr. Oz, who remains closely tied to Sharecare, did read a brief statement about dental amalgam attributed to the ADA.
“As a science-based organization, we should always welcome inquiry, but we should not be seen as supporting the promotion of misleading information unsupported by the best science,” said ADA President Robert A. Faiella.
Users who click on an ADA answer for more information will soon be directed to a notice on Sharecare.com indicating that the ADA is no longer affiliated with Sharecare. The notice will direct users to the ADA’s consumer website for more information on oral health.
For more information you can visit our site at: www.ada.org or you can follow the ADA on Twitter @AmerDentalAssn
About the American Dental Association
The not-for-profit ADA is the nation’s largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public’s health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA’s state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA’s flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit www.ada.org.
For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA’s consumer website www.MouthHealthy.org.