Social media: Proceed with caution


Melissa Van Witzenburg, MS,

Social media is all around us, whether it is for personal or professional use. It has become the most effective way to connect with people all over the world. Currently, Facebook is the largest social media platform with over 2.4 billion users worldwide; other platforms have an average of half a billion to a billion users.1

Early in my career, electronic medical records were just beginning to become mandatory in health care, and social media was beginning to change the way we consulted with other professionals, educated patients, and marketed dental practices. It is important that we as health-care professionals are aware of guidelines and limitations when using technology, especially social media.

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