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One of North America's Largest Exhibitions of Dental Products Brings More than 30,000 Dental Professionals to Chicago
Date:2/27/2009

not only have the first peek at an array of new dental products but will also have the opportunity to attend more than 200 scientific programs, including approximately 38 hands-on programs, covering topics like periodontics, sports dentistry, dental care of special needs patients and how yoga can help with the type of repetitive stress injuries that dentists are often prone to.

"The Midwinter Meeting continues to be the hub for information-sharing among dental professionals in the U.S. and around the world," says Chicago Dental Society President Dr. David Kumamoto, DDS. "While we understand that it is a challenging economic time, the Chicago Dental Society remains committed to helping dentists continue to deliver quality and accessible oral care for all patients."

The Chicago Dental Society also conducted its sixth annual member poll to learn more about their opinions on topics ranging from how often dentists floss their own teeth to most annoying patient habits. From the more than 300 members who answered the fall 2008 survey, the society learned:

  • Dentists brush up and often. More than 30 percent of dentists surveyed brush more than three times a day. And half of dentists brush the recommended twice a day.
  • With the recent economic crisis pinching wallets, more than 60 percent of dentists surveyed report that their patients are putting off costly cosmetic procedures. More than half say their patients are putting off needed dental work. Visits for preventative dental care are also on the decline according to more than 40 percent of dentists.
  • Julia Roberts leads the pack for most requested celebrity smile, according to dentists surveyed. Men seek Brad Pitt's smile the most; in 2006, Tom Cruise had that starring role. Other frequently requested famous smiles include Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and President Barack Obama.

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