The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the organization that represents root canal specialists known as endodontists who save natural teeth and relieve tooth pain, announced it has dedicated the entire month of May to saving teeth. Sponsored by Sonendo, Save Your Tooth Month is a national annual initiative designed to showcase the benefits of root canal treatment from a specialist.
This year, the emphasis is on getting back on track with oral health and seeing a specialist in cases of tooth pain. Remember, a healthier mouth = a healthier YOU.
Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing, along with six-month check-ups from your dentist, can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Sometimes your teeth may have infection or disease and will need additional care. When possible, you should always consider treatments to save your teeth. When given the choice between root canal treatment and extraction, always choose the root canal route whenever possible.
According to a November 2021 survey fielded by the AAE, 81% of American adults wish they had taken better care of their natural teeth. In fact, more than a quarter (26%) of Americans feel others would find them more attractive and about 1 in 6 (16%) feel they would have a more active dating life if they took better care of their teeth.
But beyond the surface-level concern of appearance, there are plenty of other reasons you should strive to keep your teeth in optimal health.
“Oral health involves more than just keeping your teeth looking their best,” said Dr. Stefan I. Zweig, President of the AAE. “Poor dental health can lead to overall health issues and can negatively impact mood, confidence, ability to carry out daily tasks and more.”
More than half (55%) wish their parent(s) had instilled better oral hygiene habits when they were younger, and 43% admit that tooth pain or oral health issues negatively affects their productivity or ability to focus.
Visiting your general dentist for bi-annual checkups and cleanings is always advisable, but what to do when you fell behind on your preventive care and now have tooth pain? The answer is simple: Seek an endodontist.
When it comes to tooth pain, it’s important to know that an endodontist is a toothache sufferer’s greatest ally. And in the case of a dental emergency, you should seek an endodontist instead of dialing 911.
The Association plans to celebrate Save Your Tooth Month by encouraging members and patients alike to post on social media using the hashtags: #sytm2022, #I❤️SavingTeeth, and #I❤️RootCanals. Dr. Zweig will take to the airwaves, participating in a nationwide Satellite Media Tour on May 5, holding interviews with multiple TV, radio, and online news outlets.
Find a tooth saving specialist known as an endodontist at findmyendodontist.com. Visit aae.org/sytm to learn more about how you can get involved in Save Your Tooth Month, and be sure to keep up with the AAE on social media:
“Maintaining good oral health could be an important factor in living your life to the fullest,” Dr. Zweig concluded.
About Our Sponsor
Sonendo is a commercial-stage medical technology company focused on saving teeth from tooth decay, the most prevalent chronic disease globally.
Sonendo develops and manufactures the GentleWave® System, an innovative technology platform designed to treat tooth decay by cleaning and disinfecting the microscopic spaces within teeth without the need to remove tooth structure. The system utilizes a proprietary mechanism of action, which combines procedure fluid optimization, broad-spectrum acoustic energy, and advanced fluid dynamics, to debride and disinfect deep regions of the complex root canal system in a less invasive procedure that preserves tooth structure.
The clinical benefits of the GentleWave System when compared to conventional methods of root canal therapy include improved clinical outcomes, such as superior cleaning that is independent of root canal complexity and tooth anatomy, high and rapid rates of healing and minimal to no post-operative pain. In addition, the GentleWave System can improve the workflow and economics of dental practices and offers patients an effective, less invasive, and less painful alternative to traditional root canal therapy.
Sonendo is also the parent company of TDO Software, the developer of widely used endodontic practice management software solutions, designed to simplify practice workflow. TDO Software integrates practice management, imaging, referral reporting and CBCT imaging, and offers built-in communication with the GentleWave System.
For more information about Sonendo and the GentleWave System, please visit www.sonendo.com. To find a GentleWave doctor in your area, please visit www.gentlewave.com.
About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists is headquartered in Chicago and represents more than 8,000 members worldwide. Endodontics is one of 12 dental specialties formally recognized by the American Dental Association. The AAE, founded in 1943, is dedicated to excellence in the art and science of endodontics and to the highest standard of patient care.
The Association inspires its members to pursue professional advancement and personal fulfillment through education, research, advocacy, leadership, communication and service.
For more information about the AAE, visit the Association’s website at aae.org. For more patient focused information, visit aae.org/patients.
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