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The most recent economic confidence survey was conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) between July 6 and July 15 this year. Around 44 percent of dentists experienced a lower amount of new patients in this second quarter of 2009.
One California-based dentist has experienced this lack of new patients, possibly indicating that to pinch pennies, some people are skimping on their dental care, the Wall Street Journal reveals.
"Sometimes it feels like 28 Days Later," he said to the news provider, meaning that his quiet office resembles the empty streets in this post-apocalyptic Danny Boyle-directed disaster film.
A further 51 percent of dentists who participated in the ADA survey expressed that they have experienced a decrease in their net income, thanks to fewer patients coming in for checkups.
While it may seem like a good idea to save and not go to the dentist, this can actually be extremely detrimental to your dental health. The ADA advises that adults schedule regular checkups to ensure that they have healthy teeth and do not develop periodontal disease.
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