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Julia Roberts or Spongebob – Whose pearly whites do you prefer?
In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 141st annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about their personal dental habits, oral care tips, current trends, and more. More than 400 of the society's member dentists responded to the fall 2005 survey.
The Midwinter Meeting is a forum for dentists to learn about new products, technologies, and methods.
Here's what the society found out:
The right music for a “Smooth Operator:” Over half of dentists surveyed play light rock music in their offices to soothe those with jangled nerves and keep the mood light.
Are traditional toothbrushes on their way to extinction? Only 30 percent of dentists surveyed continue to use a conventional toothbrush, down by 60 percent from just two years ago in 2004.
“I want that Hollywood smile!” Stars Julia Roberts and Tom Cruise lead the pack for most requested celebrity smile, according to a majority of dentists surveyed. Other frequently requested famous smiles include Halle Berry, Brad Pitt, and Farrah Fawcett.
Kids' top requests include Spongebob Square Pants and King Kong.
Dentists' picks for their own oral care: Braun Oral-B toothbrushes and Crest toothpaste were dentists' top brand choices for their own smiles, with nearly 40 percent and over 50 percent (respectively) of votes.
Guys prefer their smiles au naturel. About half of the dentists surveyed say only a small percentage of their male patients professionally whiten their teeth; while almost 30 percent of dentists say nearly half of their female patients go for the treatment.
When duty calls, teeth take a rain check. Work conflicts are the number one reason for cancelled appointments from patients, according to over 40 percent of dentists surveyed.
Dentists still make house calls—on the phone at least. 97 percent of dentists surveyed say the telephone is their primary mode of contact with patients, followed by mail or email messages.
Prepare to be “berry” clean. Over 30 percent of dentists surveyed predict raspberry to be the next big flavor in toothpaste. Possible contenders include green tea, chocolate, ginger, espresso, honey, and champagne.
What's the best thing people can do to improve their dental health? Proper brushing and flossing, at least twice a day, say a majority of dentists surveyed.
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