Study: The People Who Surround You Affect Your Oral Health
How much does your personal social network – family, friends, acquaintances – impact the information you receive about your oral health?
A researcher from Boston University’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine who specializes in social epidemiology (the study of how social structures impact states of health) asked the same question. In 2008, she turned her focus to understanding oral health and disease of residents in Boston public housing.
The results, published in Science Daily, concluded that close personal connections strongly influence how people handle health information. It was found that the 1,000 residents surveyed tend to take the word of people they trust over that of an outsider.