SAN DIEGO, April 14 On Saturday, April 17, the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) will host its inaugural Access to Care Project in San Diego during its 2010 Annual Session. For this one-day philanthropic effort, the AAE, the University of Southern California and Henry Schein Dental/Henry Schein Cares have joined forces to provide endodontic treatment such as root canals to referred uninsured and underinsured persons. Research shows that saving natural teeth has extensive health benefits, and the AAE is committed to bringing quality dental care to all, including underserved communities.
The AAE's Access to Care Project is an example of the organization's commitment to providing dental care for people in need. Year-round, more than 83 percent of AAE members are engaged in charitable activities to improve access to dental treatment for the underserved. A recent member survey found that the endodontists, or root canal specialists, provide an average of 10 free root canals each year.
"At the American Association of Endodontists, one of our most important goals is to improve oral health," said Dr. Gerald N. Glickman, AAE President. "With our new Access to Care Project and the ongoing philanthropic work our members do throughout the year, the AAE hopes to draw attention to this serious societal challenge, and provide a greater understanding for all Americans of the significant role endodontists play in saving natural teeth. We're thrilled to launch this important project in San Diego and hope it will have many years of success."
"I am honored to be able to participate in the AAE's first Access to Care event," said Dr. Kevin Keating, a Sacramento endodontist and AAE member. "This is a great opportunity not just to provide charitable care, which is so sorely needed, but also to educate patients about oral health and the importance of maintaining their natural teeth. The work we do here will leave a lasting impact."
More than 15 million root canals are performed annually in the U.S. The ultimate goal of a root canal procedure is to save one's natural teeth by either preventing or removing infection. While the procedure is often thought to be painful, surveys show that when endodontists perform the root canal, patients are six times more likely to describe the procedure as "painless" than those who have never had the procedure.
To learn more about the benefits of root canals, go to: http://www.aae.org/patients/patientinfo/. To find an endodontist in your area, visit www.aae.org/patients/patientinfo/find_endodontist.htm
About the American Association of Endodontists
The American Association of Endodontists, headquartered in Chicago, Ill., represents more than 7,200 members worldwide, including approximately 95 percent of all eligible endodontists in the United States. Endodontics is one of nine 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.
SOURCE American Association of Endodontists