Practice abstract

British Dental Journal 202, 255 - 258 (2007)

An introduction to the Internet

P. K. Downes1

  • The aim of the series is to show how the Internet is becoming an important tool in dentistry.
  • The Internet is the vast infrastructure of networked computers that have the ability to share data around the world.
  • The most popular Internet applications are email and the all-encompassing World Wide Web.
  • The Internet has a short history and is continuing to evolve.

The Internet Guide for Dentistry

  1. An introduction to the Internet
  2. Connecting to the Internet
  3. Introduction to email
  4. Effective use of email
  5. Introduction to the World Wide Web
  6. Creating a practice website
  7. Power searching
  8. Dental resources on the Internet
  9. Safe and efficient use of the Internet
  10. Putting it all together; dentistry and the Internet

The aim of this multipart series is to show members of the dental team why the Internet is becoming an essential tool and to encourage colleagues to 'get online'. The various ways of connecting to the Internet are discussed, comparing the advantages and disadvantages of each. How to use email and browse the World Wide Web is covered in some detail. There are plenty of practical tips on how to use the Internet safely and efficiently. The amount of information available on the Internet is vast and the series gives practical illustrations on how to be successful in searching for relevant information. There is an introduction on how to create a practice website and the final part looks at how to put all these skills together to make the most use of the Internet in the practice of dentistry.

  1. General Dental Practitioner, Kelvin House Dental Practice, 2 Nelson Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DP

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