Working a retail job is challenging; aside from having to interface with customers hour upon hour there is also a real risk of encountering shoplifters. According to information released by the National Association of Retailers, 96 percent of 125 retailers surveys reported being hit by organized retail crime and while some crooks focus their efforts stealing items such as denim and handbags, other thieves are expending energy stealing products that can negatively impact dental health.
While some individuals may just steal an item for a cheap thrill, there are clusters of organized shoplifting units that rely on stealing in bulk in order to resell the hot merchandise at a substantial profit. The National Retail Federation has been studying the criminal activity for years and recently revealed a list of the most stolen items in the country and many of the hottest items are also the worst for dental health.
Ogden Nash said, "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker" and in relation to causing dental problems, truer words have never been said. Alcohol is a legal psychoactive drug that has been consumed by humans for countless years. Liquor has been lapped-up for a number of reasons including religious, medicinal and fun. However, individuals who truly love their sauce are at risk of a myriad of dental problems.
Excessive alcohol consumption can may contribute to dental health issues including tooth erosion, dry mouth and can increase the odds of imbibers developing throat or mouth cancer. The fact is true for both law abiding citizens and shoplifters alike.
There was a time when water and milk were the most popular energy drinks on the market. But ever since the word "soda water" was coined, food manufacturers have developed countless options for refreshing and energizing those in need. Currently sports and energy drinks are hugely popular and generate billions in annual sales. It is for that reason shoplifters focus on these products and if they choose to sip one of their ill-gotten treats they are at risk for dental problems.
Sports and energy drinks may indeed delivery an energy boost essential to shoplifters running away from the scene of the crime. However the high-acid levels in the drinks have been found to be found to cause irreversible damage to tooth enamel. Researchers mimicked the effect that consuming energy on teeth and found that tooth erosion occurred in as little as five days during the test. (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/245027.php)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 45 million Americans smoke. Smoking is a highly addictive and only provides a person with toxins, carcinogens, bad breath, tooth-staining and an increased risk of developing debilitating (or life threatening) conditions such as oral cancer, heart disease and dental problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Estimates suggest that the average smoker spends over $2,100 annually for their habit (West Virginia Division of Tobacco Prevention and the state Health Statistics Center, http://wvgazette.com/News/201104211006. Because smokes are so expensive, supply and demand of lower priced stolen cigarettes helps keep the market alive while destroying the dental health of addicts.
Perhaps because shoplifters are stealing items known for destroying dental health, there is also a demand for "hot" electric toothbrushes and replacement heads (these items are the fifteenth most shoplifted in the country). Some electric toothbrushes sell for hundreds of dollars and their replacement heads can cost extra dollars that cannot be spared. Perhaps it is that reason that causes electric toothbrushes and replacement heads are the fifteenth most stolen items by the criminals.
While a dental care expert (like the talented dentists on 1-800-DENTIST) may hope that the criminals stop breaking the law and stop destroying their dental health others may hope that the bad guys suffer from dental problems and pain (IE a "tooth for a tooth").