Colgate Oral Care Center is an oral health resource for general audiences. It provides a good overview of a wide range of dental issues, including dental diseases, preventative oral care, dental care, gum care, and oral health. While there is an obvious commercial aspect to this site, it is recommended as a good oral healthcare resource for consumers.
The site organizes information via intuitive category tabs. Searching specific key terms through the site's search bar reveals a vast collection of materials. But these long lists of results can't be sorted for relevance, so many pages are unwieldy for the casual user. Some in-links to more detailed information do not work
Bold images, flashy colors, and a professional design keep visitors engaged from the start. But users will need to quickly adjust themselves to the large amount of Colgate product advertisementson every page.
The oral care information includes a wide variety of topics, including the effect of many diseases on dental and oral health, but is limited to an overview of each topic. Otherwise the information is relevant and appears unbiased (despite the commercial aspect). Although references are not provided, the information appears to be accurate.
Most of the articles either list an author or state they are 'reviewed by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine faculty.' A few do not have either. The writers are sometimes but not always health professionals. Additionally, most articles aren't dated, and those that are do not differentiate between publication date and last reviewed/updated. Aside from these issues, and the fact that the website is so driven by commercial interests, Colgate provides a credible website for consumer use.
Well-written, easy to understand materials related to oral/dental care
Excellent visual design
Provides important information on easily overlooked dental/oral health issues like routine exams, bad breath, cracked teeth, mouths sores, etc.
Content covers age groups from infant to elderly with up-to-date articles and American Dental Academy guidelines
Heavy commercial presence, as every article includes "Featured Products" that promote related Colgate products for sale
Much of the information may be outdated
Some disease-specific articles can only be accessed from an outside source
Sponsors / Affiliations:
Colgate-Palmolive Company, a worldwide consumer healthcare products company
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