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In preparation for the Chicago Dental Society's annual Midwinter Meeting, the organization conducted a survey asking dental care professionals about some of the more irritating or strange habits of some of their patients.
The CDS polled more than 300 members in its quest for the truth and revealed what some may describe as startling revelations as to what some patients do when they are in the dentist's chair.
Coming in at number five is witnessing public displays of affection among patients immediately after a teeth cleaning. Following that dental gripe is patients playing games on their handheld device during an exam.
"Really, Tetris can wait," commented the survey.
Along with playing games, dentists have found people who read books or magazines are just as hard to examine.
One of stranger activities reported by dentists may be patients taking advantage of the exam light to touchup their makeup or pluck their eyebrows.
And the top annoying patient behavior? Answering their cell phone.
In an effort to promote long-term dental care, the CDS recommends patients guilty of any of the mentioned infractions avoid such activities if possible.
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