Skip to main content
Accessibility  |  Contact  |  Privacy  |  Terms of Service

Patients Try Super Glue and Other Self Treatments Before Visiting Dentist

  • Published: 2011-02-25 : Author: Chicago Dental Society
  • Synopsis: Nearly 70 percent of dentists have taken care of a patient who tried to treat their own dental problem before visiting the dentist.

Main Document

Surprising Number of Patients Try Super Glue Before Visiting Dentist - Topline Findings from a Chicago Dental Society Survey of More than 300 Dentists.

In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will draw more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February, society members were asked about current trends, dental care tips and more. More than 300 of the society's member dentists responded to the fall 2010 survey.

Here's what the society found:

Patients self-treat before they visit the dentist. Nearly 70 percent of dentists have taken care of a patient who tried to treat their own dental problem before visiting the dentist. The most common home treatment among patients, dentists said, is Super Glue for broken dental work, like crowns and dentures. Using an emery board to file chipped teeth or overusing topical painkillers, like teething gels, to deaden pain were also common. Remarkably, several dentists had treated patients who attempted to give themselves a root canal using power tools.

Dentists are interacting online.

Nearly 20 percent of dentists now use Facebook for their practice, compared to the nearly 60 percent who use it personally. Only 6 percent of dentists use Twitter for their practice.

Women have the brighter smiles.

More than 60 percent of dentists say women professionally whiten their teeth more than men.

Dentists have a sweet tooth, too.

Nearly a quarter of dentists surveyed admitted that ice cream is their favorite treat. Cookies and pie came in second and third as favorite desserts. Only 6 percent of dentists claimed they don't like sweets at all.

More dental injuries from basketball than any other sport.

More than 30 percent of dentists report that basketball was the sport that resulted in the most dental injuries for their patients. Hockey came in second, with nearly 20 percent. And more than 15 percent of dentists treat dental injuries related to baseball or softball.

Economic impact on dentistry remains steady.

Nearly 70 percent of dentists say their patients are delaying needed dental treatment - a figure that remains relatively close to last year's 75 percent. More than 50 percent of dentists say their patients are delaying cosmetic treatments; and more than 40 percent say their patients are delaying preventative care.

Smiles are becoming "too perfect."

More than half of the dentists surveyed think that smiles are getting so perfect that they look artificial.

Dentists want you to relax.

More than 25 percent of dentists surveyed provide their patients with amenities such as iPods, TVs, or massage chairs to provide some comfort during their visit.

Root canals are not painful!

A majority of dentists surveyed felt that the biggest dental "myth" that needs to be debunked is the level of pain experienced with a root canal. Advancements in technology have made this common dental procedure virtually pain-free.

The survey was conducted for the Chicago Dental Society's 146th annual Midwinter Meeting, which will bring more than 30,000 dental professionals to Chicago this February. The Midwinter Meeting is a forum for dentists to learn about new products, technologies, and methods.

Similar Topics

1 : EPA Rejects Anti-Fluoridation Group's Request : American Dental Association (ADA).
2 : Dental Work: When to Use Antibiotic Prophylaxis : Pennsylvania Dental Association.
3 : Dental Care for Baby Teeth is Very Important : Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland.
4 : Strawberries and Baking Soda not the Answer for Teeth Whitening : University of Iowa.
5 : Free Dental for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder : Nova Southeastern University.
From our Dental and Teeth section - Full List (69 Items)

Submit disability news, coming events, as well as assistive technology product news and reviews.

Loan Information for low income singles, families, seniors and disabled. Includes home, vehicle and personal loans.

Famous People with Disabilities - Well known people with disabilities and conditions who contributed to society.

List of awareness ribbon colors and their meaning. Also see our calendar of awareness dates.

Blood Pressure Chart - What should your blood pressure be, and information on blood group types/compatibility.

1 : vEAR: Why Can I Sometimes 'Hear' Silent Flashes When Viewing Animated Gif's?
2 : New Jersey Digital Art Program for Individuals with ASD
3 : 2018 Lime Connect Fellowship Program for Students with Disabilities
4 : Epihunter Classroom - Making Silent Epileptic Seizures Visible
5 : Prostate MRI Reveals More Treatable Cancers and Reduces Overdiagnosis


Disclaimer: This site does not employ and is not overseen by medical professionals. Content on Disabled World is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Reporting Errors: Disabled World is an independent website, your assistance in reporting outdated or inaccurate information is appreciated. If you find an error please let us know.