Research suggests that on the day after St. Patrick’s Day, there is a 77 percent increase in emergency visits to the dentist. Emergency visits are higher among men than they are among women. Women, between the ages of 30 and 65 years of age, see a 77 percent jump in dental visits while men, between the ages of 30 and 65, see an increase of 78 percent.
In what seems like a negative stereotype actually is the truth. The reason dentists see a hike in visits is because of drunken, clumsy celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day. Downing a few green beers can easily get you into trouble and dental patients wind up visiting the dentist because of a chipped tooth from the night before. The biggest jumps in dentist visits are in Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Kansas, and Louisiana.
The day after St. Patrick’s Day is one of ten busiest days for dentists and it actually tends to last two to three days after. However, it could be a blessing in disguise for patients who don’t visit the dentist on the regular. Many common dental problems can be addressed and treated right away due to an unforeseen dentist visit.
With this data, it seems the real winners of St. Patrick’s Day are dentists. If you experience a St. Patrick’s Day stumble, or if you just want to make your healthy smile a priority, schedule an appointment now before the dentist office gets crowded. Call Dr. Bruce Silva today!