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In brief: Americans don't like unsolicited comments about their teeth

Aug. 24, 2023
Learn about a survey on unsolicited appearance comments; the highest-paid countries for dentists; proposed CDC IC protocol updates that a nurses' union's says "go in the wrong direction"; and more.
Elizabeth S. Leaver, Digital content manager

Comments about teeth among most unwanted

A study of some 1,000 Americans on unsolicited and unwanted comments about their appearance indicates that many people think “teeth are among the worst things someone can comment on.” Of the 88% of survey respondents who feel “people need to be more careful about their language when speaking about another’s appearance,” teeth was third for percentage of people who dislike such remarks (37%). Other categories topping the list are weight (76%) and skin conditions (56%).

Highest-paying countries for dentists

According to Yahoo Finance's recently released of 15 highest-paying countries for dentists, the United States comes in at second on the list, with an average salary of $209,142. The article attributes salaries of US dentists being higher to factors that include high student debt necessitating higher salaries, and also discussed the ongoing shortage of almost 12,000 US practitioners.

CDC’s proposed IC updates “go in the wrong direction”

The country’s largest union of registered nurses is calling for the CDC to strengthen its infection control policies, saying proposed policy updates “go in the wrong direction.” In particular, the National Nurses United (NNU) calls out the CDC’s Isolation Precautions guidance—not updated since 2007—for failing to recognize the aerosol transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and other respiratory pathogens, promoting surgical masks that don’t offer protection against respiratory pathogens, and weakening other infection control measures. According to the NNU, the 11,000 signatories of the petition include 11 unions and 45 organizations representing more than 6 million members.

A dentist’s case for aspartame

In July, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a WHO agency, announced that aspartame is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” But this dentist says her mind has not been changed “as the link to cancer looks tenuous at best” and defends the use of sugar-free gum as a “valuable oral health tool.” Learn more from STAT.

About the Author

Elizabeth S. Leaver | Digital content manager

Elizabeth S. Leaver is the digital content manager for Endeavor Business Media's dental group. She has a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston and many years of experience working in niche industries specializing in creating content, editing, content marketing, and publishing digital and magazine content. She lives in the Boston area; you can reach her at [email protected].