Survey Says Presidential Smiles Can Be Revealing

American College of Prosthodontists Report the Winners in the Race to the

Pearly White House

Oct 12, 2004, 01:00 ET from American College of Prosthodontists

    CHICAGO, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Foreign policy. Homeland security.
 Economic policy. The best smile?
     In a recent survey conducted by Impulse Research Corporation on behalf of
 the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP), Americans voted in the ultimate
 face-off: which presidential candidate has the best smile.  In a close race,
 62 percent of the survey participants choose George W. Bush as having the
 better smile.  For the vice-presidential race, John Edwards beat Dick Cheney
 in winning over 74 percent of Americans with his boyish grin.
     Come November 2nd, will President Bush remain the incumbent of the pearly
 white house for another four years?  Prosthodontists, dental specialists who
 are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth, don't discount the
 importance of a healthy smile.
     "When you feel self-assured about your smile that confidence comes
 through," said Dr. Daryl Roy, a prosthodontist in the Boston area.  "Whether
 or not the smile is a factor in predicting the election winner, it's one of
 the first things people do notice about you."
     The survey, which polled more than 1,500 people nationwide, revealed a
 number of personality characteristics that Americans can detect from a smile.
 For example, nearly half of Americans thought that a smile indicated a
 person's approachability, and more than a quarter of respondents said that a
 smile could reveal whether or not a person was honest.  Overall, 82 percent
 said that a smile was key in judging someone's character and personality.
 And, 94 percent of respondents said that the caliber of a smile plays an
 important role in being successful in life.
     Prosthodontists are experts in implant, esthetic and reconstructive
 dentistry.  To locate a prosthodontist in a particular area or learn more
 about esthetic procedures, please visit .
 The ACP is dedicated to improving the quality of patient's lives through the
 advancement of prosthodontics.  With a diverse membership across the United
 States, prosthodontists provide the highest level of specialist dental care,
 creating generations of beautiful, healthy smiles.
     The American College of Prosthodontists is the national professional
 association representing one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the
 American Dental Association.  Founded in 1970, the ACP is a not-for-profit
 organization dedicated to enhancing patient care, advancing the art and
 science of Prosthodontics, promoting the health benefits of Prosthodontics to
 the public and other healthcare professionals, ensuring the quality of
 Prosthodontic education and providing professional services to its membership.

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