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In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 140th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about their patients' dental habits, current trends such as teeth whitening and cosmetic dentistry, and more. Nearly 200 of the Society's member dentists responded to the fall 2004 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 sour on the future of toothpaste flavors. Nearly 40 percent of dentists surveyed think lemon-lime will be the new best-selling toothpaste in five years, beating out apple, chocolate brownie, coffee, veggie, champagne and beer flavors (for adults only).
And the award for the best smile in Chicago goes to…Oprah Winfrey, Chicago's famed talk show host and media mogul, won with almost half of the dentists' votes.
The big day deserves the best smile. More than 80 percent of dentists surveyed have found that weddings are the top special event patients get their teeth professionally whitened for.
Don't worry guys! Almost half of dentists surveyed feel men are more anxious than woman about visiting the dentist, compared to 36 percent who felt there was no difference and 14 percent who thought women were more nervous.
Could this anxiety correlate to overall oral care? On a scale of 1 to 5 (poor to excellent), 60 percent of dentists surveyed rank men's overall oral care a 3 (okay). By the same percentage, women were ranked a 4 (near excellent). Children also earned an “okay” rating from half of the dentists surveyed.
In the market for a dentist? The best way to find one is through family and friends, according to almost 70 percent of dentists surveyed. Other suggestions from dentists include referrals from satisfied patients, asking your primary physician or by contacting the Chicago Dental Society.
Need pearly whites, but on a budget? More than 60 percent of dentists surveyed recommend over-the counter-whitening strips as the best alternative to professional whitening for whiter, brighter teeth.
Dental fads aren't that trendy after all. Almost 70 percent of dentists surveyed felt that media-hyped dental trends such as spa dentistry and “Extreme Makeover” shows have had no effect on their practice.
Old and new methods go hand in hand. More than 40 percent of dentists surveyed use both a traditional and electric toothbrush.
Keep up the good work ladies! 60 percent of dentists surveyed rank women's overall oral care near excellent. By the same percentage, men were ranked as having “okay” oral care. Children earned an “okay” rating from half of the dentists surveyed.
The best thing about being a dentist? According to a majority of the Chicago Dental Society members surveyed, helping people is the most rewarding part of the profession. The independence of being one's own boss and working with children were also benefits.
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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