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Survey Shows Americans Are Unprepared for Dental Emergencies
By: PR Newswire
Sep. 25, 2009 07:30 AM
NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Although 72 percent of Americans have fillings, caps or crowns and one in six had a dental emergency during the past 12 months, most are not prepared to deal with a dental emergency, according to a recent survey conducted by Majestic Drug Company, a leading provider of oral care products.
Interestingly, in the national survey of 1,000 Americans, those with a lower income (less then $35,000) were more likely to have had a dental emergency in the past 12 months (vs. 14 percent of those who make $100,000 or more).
Of those who had a dental emergency, 23 percent involved a loose crown or cap, 10 percent involved a lost filling, while 72 percent said their dental emergency involved something else.
Among those who had a dental emergency involving a loose crown/cap or a lost filling, 67 percent immediately went to a dentist, and 14 percent looked for a temporary solution to purchase, while 19 percent did nothing at the time.
"You keep medical supplies on hand for cuts and bruises, but what about your teeth? It's important to be prepared for a dental emergency in case one happens, especially if the emergency occurs on a weekend when your dentist just isn't available or you are on the road and cannot seek immediate dental care," according to Brian Gold, D.D.S., who practices in Monticello, NY.
Dental emergencies can range from a dislodged cap/crown or lost filling to a knocked out tooth to pain or a cracked denture. Majestic Drug Company explains some common dental emergencies and suggestions for treatment.
Remember, temporary dental solutions are just that--they are temporary. Make sure to seek professional assistance from your dentist as soon as possible.
For additional information, please go to www.MajesticDrug.com.
SOURCE Majestic Drug
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