Unless you've been living in a remote shack in the remote wilderness of Northern Alaska you'll be familiar with the television adverts we all suffered in the 80s which started with the immortal line "Four out of five dentists..."

What followed was normally an advertisement for some form of dental product, from the latest toothbrush and toothpaste to your own domestic teeth polishing kit or floss.

Forget oral hygiene for a second. It turns out that dentist is asked more than which toothbrush they use.

According to TheWeathlyDentist.com, four out of five dentists said they would be open to driving an electric car. It claims that a recent survey showed that 16% of dentists who responded already owned a hybrid or an electric car, while 65% said they would love to get an EV or at least would consider purchasing one.

Unlike the far-flung fictional adventures of TV's Glenn Martin DDS, who drives around the U.S. in a large RV with his family after he accidentally burnt down the family home, the article claims most dentists are more concerned with keeping the world around them a nice place to live.

In one episode of the popular comedy series by Michael Eisner, the Martin family are chased by a gaggle of Zap Zebra drivers and a solitary Segway after the hapless dentist offended them with his un-environmentally-friendly actions.

Of the respondents, many were head-over-heels with the 2011 Tesla Roadster. At $109,000 it's hardly a cheap car, but at least ten percent of the respondents wanted one.

2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5

Lots of dentists lust after the 2011 Tesla Roadster

An electric sports car for dentists? It's hardly unexpected. According to another survey on the same site, one quarter of questioned dentists had owned a Porsche at some point in their careers.

One dentist out of the sixty-two surveyed is even president of his local electric-auto association and was exuberant in his evangelism for electric cars. He also appealed for more money to be spent on electric cars, pointing out:

"Look at the billions the one oil spill has cost BP. If those billions were invested in electric vehicle production, wouldn't we see a cleaner and more sustainable transportation source?"

But not all dentists are convinced. One in Florida commented that the purchase price for the 2011 Chevrolet Volt was twice that of his two Honda CR-Vs, indicating that prices have to fall until he would choose electric over gasoline.

Should we take the survey seriously? Probably not. It is Friday, after all. We're also pretty sure that the Wealthy Dentist is a bit of a link bait site.

Then again, maybe those who tell us to brush twice a day and remind us to floss are more inclined to go electric. Doesn't it make sense that those with hygienic offices who perpetually wear face-masks would want to stop tailpipe emissions too?


[Dentist Photo by Flickr User WolfieWolf]