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5/27: About Four in Ten Prefer Dentist’s Visit to Swimsuit Shopping


5/27: About Four in Ten Prefer Dentist’s Visit to Swimsuit Shopping

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer which means one thing — bathing suit season.  And, just the thought of squeezing into those skimpy garments strikes fear in the hearts of a good amount of Americans.

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Click Here for Complete May 27, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables

According to this national Marist Poll, although a majority of residents — 55% — would rather shop for a bathing suit than visit the dentist, a sizeable proportion — 41% — would prefer to take a trip to their dentist.  Four percent are unsure.

Women are more reluctant than men to shop for a swimsuit.  A slim majority of women — 51% — would prefer to rummage through racks of swimsuits while 44% say they would rather sit in the dentist’s chair.  Five percent are unsure.  Among men, 59% think shopping for a bathing suit is the lesser of two evils while 38% believe going to the dentist is.  Three percent can’t choose.

Looking at age, 59% of residents younger than 45 years old choose purchasing a swimsuit over going to the dentist while 39% select the opposite.  Two percent are unsure.  52% of those 45 and older report they would prefer to shop for a bathing suit while 43% say they would rather visit the dentist.  Five percent can’t decide between the two.

Table: Bathing Suit Shopping vs. Going to the Dentist

Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. Quen

    April 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    For me, its relaxing to visit your dentist than to shop. Its nice have no cavities and pearly white teeth.

  2. Fairfax Dentist

    July 17, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    I wish my clients would be more excited to visit my office than go bathing suit shopping. By the time they arrive they usually need more work than they do a tan!

  3. Joe

    December 12, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    I think if more dental professionals made it a more relaxing and comfortable experience we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  4. Sarita

    November 19, 2011 at 2:13 AM

    So deep analysis if data… But I still don’t understand the relationship between visiting a dentist and swimsuit shopping. One thing is sure, no one will love to visit a dentist.

  5. Alex | Invertir dolares

    October 10, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Congratulations dentists. Technology has helped that visiting the dentist becomes less traumatic. Regards from Argentina!

  6. Sacramento Dentist

    September 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I buy a swimsuit whenever the last one gets too small or too old. I don’t shop for “swimsuit season” ever. Maybe it’s a guy thing. I can see it being a big deal for people worried about body image though.

  7. Monokini Swimsuits

    September 6, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    What is interesting is that very little is ever mentioned about helping people overcoming the negative “tapes in their heads” about shopping for bathing suits or visiting the dentist . Regarding dentist, very little is ever explained about using one’s imagination to envision improved health, reduced chances for illnesses relating to the mouth/teeth/gums, a prettier smile, etc.

    As for shopping for a bathing suit, the tapes people play in their heads are negative and based often on the perceived judgement from others. The interesting thing is that the concern is based merely on shopping, not the actual time at the beach or pool.

    Anyone who has simple tips to help people change the fear-based “tapes”, and do so relatively quickly, would be appreciated.

  8. cosmetic dentist Houston

    August 23, 2011 at 12:32 PM

    This is interesting… I tend to agree that going to the dentist should be more important. After all… without a beautiful smile, no man or woman is going to be that attractive.

    Just my biased opinion as a dentist:)

  9. Emergency Dentist Orlando FL

    August 15, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    I can almost guarantee that swimsuit shopping is a little more enjoyable that seeing one of us on a Saturday night at 3 AM.

  10. Dentistas SP

    August 8, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    That´s great, i think i´ll move my clinic to somewhere nearby a swimsuit shop. 😉
    Regards from Brazil

  11. Winnipeg Dentists

    August 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    I think visiting the dentist is the better choice since a girl in bathing suit will still look awful if one have tooth loss. 🙂

  12. Danielene

    August 3, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    This is awful for dentists. But this indeed is the reality. More and more people are prioritizing other stuffs than their oral health. But you must bare in mind that constant dentist visit is necessary to avoid oral problems that may lead to worst case scenario. So as early as possible, take care of your teeth and yourself. Visit a dentist.

  13. Winnipeg dentists

    July 31, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Finally !!! Good news for us, dentists. People would rather go see a dentist than shopping for a swimsuit. 🙂

  14. Dr Simon Amini

    July 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

    Some procedures over the years have become more “patient” friendly. Maybe not as fun as trying on a bathing suit, the Invisalign is a great alternative to braces. In the past you would have to go to the dentist and have the traditional metal braces and rubber bands. Now I am not sure what the percent would be if they had a choice of metal braces or a bathing suit but I think we might be changing the odds here. Invisialign was created with older teenagers and adults in mind. So get on those swim suits and get that great smile. Summer does not last that long.

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