Separating fact from fiction

The world of medical science is full of interesting research, and papers are being written all the time about the latest findings. But how do you know who to trust? British doctors are constantly telling us to drink less red wine for a healthy heart, and yet in France (where red wine abounds), they have a much lower mortality rate from heart disease. The fact is, you can’t always believe what you read.

A patient emailed me recently to ask about a scientific paper which suggested that Titanium, used in dental implants, could be toxic. This paper was published in 2002. In the late ’90s, there were occasions where globules from dental implants became detached and entered the lymph glands, but there is no evidence of them being toxic. There’s certainly no worry of today’s implants being potentially dangerous for our patients.

It is of paramount importance to me to keep up to date with the latest scientific research, but that involves sifting out the facts from the fiction. My training at the Royal College of Surgeons specifically focused on discerning and evaluating papers and making informed choices for your patients. We look at all the research – so you don’t have to!