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Dentists divulge strangest dental care requests
Updated: 2/21/2011 5:00:09 PM

Many people desire whiter teeth A survey of 300 dentists who attended the Chicago Dental Society's midwinter meeting revealed a number of out-of-the-ordinary requests they have received from patients.

The number one ranked strangest request involved a patient who asked that braces be given to his or her dog.

Two of the top 10 strangest requests proposed strategies for individuals to maintain oral health with minimal effort.

One patient asked to have all his or her teeth removed, because they believed wearing artificially white dentures would be a simple alternative to diligent brushing and flossing.

An easy way to improve the appearance of teeth is to use one of several whitening toothpastes accepted by the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA states that these products contain polishing or chemical agents that gently remove surface stains when used twice daily.

Another patient asked if he or she could receive an emergency dental cleaning before an upcoming high school reunion.

To obtain whiter teeth in a short period of time, this patient and others may consider using dentist-dispensed home whitening kits. These products contain about 10 percent of the whitening agent carbamide peroxide for safety and effectiveness, according to the ADA.

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