It may seem like an extreme stereotype to assume that people get so intoxicated on St. Patrick's Day, that they get in bar fights and knock each other's teeth out, causing them to have to go to the dentist the next day…but it’s true! And that means a visit to the dentist in the following days.
According to data provided to CNBC, emergency visits to the dentist skyrocket by over 64 percent across the country. This figure is based on the average number of dental visits on March 18 versus a full one-month average (or the first business day if it falls on a weekend). And it's not about which states have the highest number of residents of Irish descent. In fact, the most affected states aren't correlated by ancestry, suggesting that the broader population is getting into trouble.
To see how widespread this situation is, every single state but one saw an increase. Vermont dentists can rest easy knowing their residents are mostly well behaved. Contrast that with the states that take it to the extreme like Delaware, Mississippi, Maryland and Nebraska, all of which see a jump of over 150 percent. Meanwhile, Utah, Texas, Montana and the District of Columbia are all over 100 percent, also, meaning that emergency dental visits more than double on March 18 versus a regular day.
The group of leading states don't have any obvious reason tying them together. They aren't specifically red states or blue states. Delaware is only 11.4 percent Irish, suggesting that the increase in emergencies doesn't discriminate by ancestry, truly spread out throughout the state.
To be clear, the problem is just for men—not women. While men see a 64 percent increase in visits, women actually have fewer emergency visits that day – in fact, the national average drops 6 percent. But strangely enough, a few states still see a significant increase in women losing their cool, led by the Lone Star State.
These are the five states with the biggest increase in women with dental emergencies on day after St. Patrick's:
- 39% Texas
- 32% Rhode Island
- 22% Nebraska
- 21% Vermont
- 18% Maryland