Hey GIE Fans,
This week our freinds @nimbyx give us 4 interesting facts you never knew that people didn't know about you and practice.
Dentists are responsible for most healthy-looking teeth and are often perceived as these friendly, diligent doctors. But there is more than meets the eye: here are 4 interesting facts about dentists.

1. Earn the highest average salary

Dentistry is among the top 10 highest-paid occupations in North America. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are one of the highest paid in the U.S and Canada, according to the respective countries' Bureau of Labor Statistics. These dental surgeons earn an average annual salary greater than $166.000 in the U.S., and $145.000 in Canada. Orthodontists are not far behind with a median annual salary of $101.000 in Canada. General dentists will aproximatly earn $97.000 annually in Canada.

2. Responsible for the electric chair

You might now understand the irrational fear patients may feel when sitting on the dental chair! According to the National Institutes of Health, in 1881, dentist Alfred P. Southwick came to the conclusion that death by electrocution was a more humane death than beheading or suffocation. For a decade, he promoted this idea, which was to be legalized in January 1889.
3. On the endangered species list

According to a report from the University of Ottawa, there are 19,563 licenced dentists in Canada. By 2020, due to negative lifestyle, the demand for dentists will increase by 21%, but there won’t be enough dentists to meet the demand. According to Dental Health Magazine, 80% of North American adults over the age of 35 will have had gum disease at some point in their lives.

4. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

2012, a Gallop survey showed that dentists ranked to be the most honest professionals by the public. Yes, dentists are perceived be trustworthy and very professional. Now, that deserves congratulations!

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