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2006 SmileLine Helps Puts Hundreds Of Consumers Oral Health Care Questions To Rest
Results from the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD’s) national SmileLine, held this past summer reveals that, as the United States population ages, one has more oral health care problems. This means oral health care advice and information is a larger priority than ever before.
Chicago, IL - Results from the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD’s) national SmileLine, held this past summer reveals that, as the United States population ages, one has more oral health care problems. This means oral health care advice and information is a larger priority than ever before.

More than 400 consumers across the nation are believed to have called 1.800.SMILE.33 to take advantage of talking one-on-one, free of charge with dental experts attending the AGD’s 54th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, CO.

SmileLine results reveal:

The number one issue among callers was dentures followed by periodontics.
Middle-aged adults, from 35 to 54, topped the list of callers, with adults aged 55-64 coming in as the second largest group of callers.
Most callers learned of the SmileLine via radio and television coverage and print publications.
Roughly 40 percent of the callers have dental coverage and they called because of a specific dental question or problem.
Advice given during the SmileLine, which is celebrating its 15th national anniversary this year, is believed to have helped put more than 15,500 consumers’ dental questions and fears to rest, and has strengthened and encouraged the patient’s relationship with the dentist.

Sponsored in part by the AGDF, the SmileLine, dentistry’s national hotline, is believed to continue to raise consumer awareness about oral health, new dental technology and the options available to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.

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