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Can You Lick That?

imagesAt Hawkins Dentistry we take dentistry and oral health seriously, and talk a lot about quality care. But we do like to have some fun, too.

So …

How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?

Since 1970, Tootsie Roll Industries has received over 20,000 responses from kids around the world answering that question. Answers range from 100 to 5,000, but the average is about 700. Purdue University actually enlisted the aid of a “licking machine” to determine the answer. While the machines averaged at 364 licks, the human control group averaged 252 licks.

By the way, lick that Tootsie Roll all you want but please don’t crunch down on it or any hard candy – you can crack the enamel on a tooth, break a crown or cause other damage. (Sorry, had to get a piece of dental advice in!)