Hard Economic Times Affect Patients, Dentists - and the Tooth Fairy
Topline Findings from a Survey of More Than 300 Dentists
30,000+ Dentists Converge in
As we countdown to CDS's annual Midwinter Meeting, one of the largest displays of dental products in
Does the Tooth Fairy account for inflation? More than half of dentists surveyed feel
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.
Floss friendly. More than 60 percent of dentists floss once a day. Only 11 percent of dentists surveyed floss more than twice a day and 22 percent floss less than daily.
Forecast for ABC-7's
Dentists slowly warming up to the online world. 11 percent of dentists surveyed said they occasionally scan "review" websites such as Yelp.com and Angie's List to find out what patients say about their practice.
Hard times push patients to halt dental care. With the recent economic crisis pinching wallets, more than 60 percent of dentists surveyed report that their patients are putting off 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.
Friend your dentist? Twenty percent of dentists surveyed used online networking sites, with Facebook as their top choice (15%). Other popular sites were LinkedIn (7%) and MySpace (4%).
Data was collected for the Chicago Dental Society's 144th annual Midwinter Meeting, which begins at McCormick Place in
SOURCE Chicago Dental Society
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