Going to the dentist is not necessarily something everyone loves doing, but it IS something which must be done if nothing else than to maintain good health. To try and add a bit of levity to the usual mundane trip to the dentist, here are some interesting and weird facts about dentistry that even the Dentist in Arlington TX didn’t know.

Highly Respected

According to a survey recently conducted by the much-lauded Gallup poll, Americans ranked dentists very highly when it came to ethics and professional honesty. Out of 22 professions, the public was polled on; dentistry came in 5th place. It earned a very admirable 62% rating.

Shocking!

The person who can lay claim to inventing the electric chair was also a dentist. Back in 1881, a dentist by the name of Alfred Southwick witnessed a drunk man inadvertently touch the terminal of a live generator and electrocute himself. Somehow, this gave Southwick the ideas of electrocution was a far more humane way to punish criminals than beheading them or hanging them from gallows. He worked to pass legislation to make this an accepted form of execution and the first one took place in 1889.

Salary

The median salary for an oral surgeon as of 2016 was a very healthy $166,000. This salary would be for both oral surgeons and maxillofacial surgeons. These two jobs rank as number one on the Bureau of Labor Statistics list of highest-paying professions. Also coming in on the top 10 list were orthodontists, general dentists, and specialty dentists. Overall, half of the top 10 list is made up of a dental-related profession. This makes becoming a Dentist in Arlington TX look like a very smart idea.

A Dearth Of Dentists

While the job growth concerning dentists looks quite bright, with an added 33,000 jobs by the year 2020, it still will not be enough to keep up with demand. Industry experts fear the negative aspects of the general population’s lifestyle will quickly overcome any rise in the profession. Some of these factors include drinking soda or citrus juice and swimming in pools which are overly-chlorinated. It is estimated that 80 percent of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease.

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