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In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 139th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this year, Society members were asked about their own dental habits, pressing issues such as the tooth fairy, favorite fictional dentists, and more. More than 600 of the Society's member dentists responded to the fall 2003 survey.
The Midwinter Meeting is a forum for dentists to learn about new products, technologies and methods.
Here's what the Society found out:
Dentists do follow their own rules. Nearly 50 percent of dentists surveyed brush their teeth twice a day. More than 30 percent brush their teeth three times a day!
Do dentists really floss? More than half of dentists surveyed floss once a day.
How do dentists feel about the dentist? Good enough to keep their appointments. More than 85 percent of dentists surveyed visit the dentist twice a year or annually; twice yearly visits are most common.
Don't throw out your toothbrush just yet. According to Chicago Dental Society members, nearly 60 percent of the dentists surveyed use a manual toothbrush.
Way to go ladies! More than 96 percent of the dentists surveyed believe women take better care of their teeth than men or children.
Squeeze from the bottom or the top? 60 percent of dentists surveyed follow the rules – they squeeze their toothpaste from the bottom. However, more than 60 percent of those surveyed say it really isn't important how toothpaste is squeezed.
And the toothpaste winner is… Although there are many toothpaste flavors on the market these days, traditional mint is still the flavor of choice according to 70 percent of the dentists surveyed.
Has inflation affected the Tooth Fairy? More than half of dentists surveyed feel $1 is a fair amount for the Tooth Fairy to pay for a child's tooth. However, nearly 15 percent think the price should be bumped up to $2, and more than 7 percent feel the Tooth Fairy should shell out $5.
Fond memories of the dentist as a child: More than half of the dentists surveyed have positive early memories of the dentist. And nearly 10 percent of those surveyed told us that dentistry is a family affair – at least one of their parents was a dentist, too.
Do most dentists straighten their teeth? It's a toss up. Nearly half of dentists surveyed have never worn braces.
Pearly white or au naturel? More than 20 percent of the dentists surveyed have never tried any cosmetic whitening treatments on their teeth. However, nearly 60 percent have tried whitening toothpaste and more than half have had peroxide whitening.
Who's the dentist that dentists love? According to 23 percent of Chicago Dental Society members, their favorite fictional dentist is Dr. Orin Scrivello played by Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors. A close second was Hermy the Elf from the annual Christmas cartoon Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with a little more than 20 percent of dentists in his camp.
Frequent visits to the dentist are important! More than 20 percent of dentists surveyed have found more than 30 cavities in the course of one patient visit. Remember to visit your dentist to keep that smile healthy!
A tradition of working for the dental profession. The Chicago Dental Society was organized in 1864 and incorporated in 1878. The objective of the Chicago Dental Society is to encourage the improvement of the health of the public, to promote the art and science of dentistry and to represent the intrest of the members of the profession and the public that it serves.
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