Dental spa

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A Dental Spa is a dental facility supervised by a licensed dentist in which dental services are provided alongside spa treatments.[1] "Spa dentistry", a term describing the dentistry practiced there, is recognized by the International Medical Spa Association and the Day Spa Association, but not the American Dental Association.[1]

Background

Lorin Berland, DDS, a Texas-based cosmetic dentist, is generally credited with coining the term "Dental Spa" in 1998,[2] but spa dentistry was first introduced in 1978 by the Holistic Dental Association.[1] Some of the pioneer Dental Spas in the world include "Cocosmile" in Helsinki, Finland; "Cosmetic and Biological Dental Spa" in San Clemente, California, USA; "Dental Spa" in Pacific Palisades, California, USA; and "Dental Spa" in Seoul, Korea.[1]

Prevalence

In 2003, The American Dental Association revealed that more than 50% of 427 practicing dentists surveyed at their annual session offered some sort of spa or office amenity.[3] In 2005, as many as 5% of the American Dental Association's more than 152,000 members had declared themselves as "dental spas", a number then growing daily in the U.S. and in other countries, including Korea, Brazil and Finland.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Brosseau, Jim. (September/October 2005) Spa Rx: Transcend-dental Spa Finder Magazine. Accessed September 13 2007.
  2. Dalin, DDS Jeffrey B. A conversation with...Lorin Berland, DDS. Dental Economics. April 1 2005. Accessed September 13 2007.
  3. "Spa Dentistry." Aug/Sept. 2004. AGD Impact. The Academy of General Dentistry.

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