The D List

20%

Percentage of U.S. dental offices that closed an average of two days after Hurricane Sandy, according to Baird Equity research.

$153 million

Size of the market for dental services in Boston, according to DentalTrends—the largest of 15 major U.S. cities examined by the online dental research service.

5

Aspiring bakers who entered the Valentine’s Day bakeoff sponsored by the Tufts chapter of the American Dental Education Association. First place went to Avanthi Tiruvadi, D16, for a toffee cake; second place to Julia Caine, of research administration, for her mousse cake.

Photo: Kelvin Ma

Photo: Kelvin Ma

1982

Publication year of the children’s book Doctor De Soto, by William Steig, about a clever mouse dentist who outwits a sneaky fox patient.

11%

Respondents to a DenTek Oral Care survey who said they will floss anywhere. The majority (75%) said they floss at home in the bathroom.

6 Proof

Alcohol content of bourbon- and scotch-flavored toothpastes that went on sale in 1954, and were written about in Life magazine.

300+

Virtual bulletin boards titled “Dental” on the website Pinterest.

23-29 December

Week when Google searches for the term “Emergency Dentist” hit their highest point during 2012, almost double that during the rest of the year.

5

How dentists fared in a 2012 Gallup poll that asked the public to rate 22 professions based on their honesty and ethical standards.

2 minutes

How long the Tooth Tunes toothbrush plays music by the boy band One Direction to encourage young fans to brush longer.

Photo: Fantich and Young

Photo: Fantich and Young

1,050

Number of false teeth in “Apex Predator. Oxfords Shoes,” a 2010 sculpture by the London artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young.