Emergency dental visits happen to everyone from time to time, often due to an unexpected accident or trauma to the mouth. It’s time-saving and a relief to have an emergency dentist already on your speed dial if something unexpectedly pops up between regular checkups. But there’s one day a year that sees an abnormally-large increase in emergency dental visits: March 18, or the day after St. Patrick’s Day.
While it would seem stereotypical to think more people would need the good work of a dentist the day after a holiday devoted to drinking alcohol, the numbers don’t lie. Based on statistics from software used by over 10,000 dentists across the country, emergency dentistry visits jump by approximately 64% on March 18 compared to the previous month’s average number of visits. Delaware seems to have the most problems between teeth and fists or teeth and pavement, with a 150% increase in visits.
These unexpected emergency dental visits aren’t all coming from sons of Ireland. Delaware is only about 11% Irish-descent while Vermont, one of the most Irish states in the country at 17%, is the best behaved, with fewer emergency dentistry visits than any other state. While it’s mainly men visiting the dentist, there are also a fair amount of women who get a little extra rowdy on this holiday. In Texas, women visit their dentist on average 39% more the day after St. Patrick’s Day, even though the national female average drops by about 6% on March 18.
At Adler Advanced Dentistry, we provide comprehensive dental services to patients in the Boulder and Denver area, and we can accommodate short-notice appointments for dental emergencies. If your St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Conor O’Neill’s in downtown Boulder gets a little crazier than you expect next week, Dr. Adler can help you fix any damage you may do to your teeth right away.
If you need emergency dentistry services, St. Patrick’s Day-related or not, please contact Adler Advanced Dentistry using the form on this page or call today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Boulder, Denver and surrounding areas of the Front Range in Colorado.