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In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 142nd annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 32,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about oral care tips, current trends, their personal dental habits, and more. More than 350 of the society's member dentists responded to the fall 2006 survey.
Here's what the society found out:
Dentists don't treat for the money. Only 2 percent of dentists surveyed cited income potential as a reason they became dentists, with nearly 38 percent saying they did it out of a desire to help people. Nearly 12 percent followed a family tradition of dentistry.
Will Obama be smiling all the way to the White House? Of Illinois elected officials, U. S. Sen. Barack Obama was voted by dentists to have the best smile with 58 percent of the vote, followed by State Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
Traditional toothbrushes remain a trusty tool. Nearly 75 percent of dentists still use their conventional toothbrushes, and nearly half use them in conjunction with an electric one.
What do patients read while they wait? People magazine is the most widely offered magazine in waiting rooms by dentists surveyed. Time, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, and Highlights for Children round out the top five.
"Sweet Sixteen" means a drivers license—and license to get a brighter smile. A majority of dentists surveyed encourage parents and children who want whitening treatments to wait until the child is at least 16 years old. Dentists also recommend discussing all options with your dentist first before proceeding with treatment.
Growing up too soon? More than 76 percent of dentists surveyed have been approached by children or their parents about whitening treatments for kids.
"Spa dentistry trend" is media hype, say dentists. 96 percent of dentists polled say that they do not offer spa services, such as massage and aromatherapy, in their practices.
Blinded by that smile? While 40 percent of dentists surveyed feel patients are over-using dental whitening products, nearly 60 percent don't see a problem.
Man's best friend is also the dentist's best friend. More than 55 percent of dentists surveyed own a pet. Their preferred animal companion? A dog, according to 73 percent of the dentist pet owners. A surprising 14 percent of dentists even provide dental care to their pets themselves!
The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 142nd annual Midwinter Meeting, which will bring more than 32,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February. The Midwinter Meeting is a forum for dentists to learn about new products, technologies, and methods.
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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