Patient Education Articles

Survey Reveals COVID-19 is a Major Factor in Americans’ Failing Dental Health

March 4, 2021

CHICAGO — A recent survey commissioned by the American Association of Endodontists reveals that more than half of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic has caused them to put off general dental check-ups, which can lead to serious oral health problems. The survey also showed that the pandemic is taking its toll on those working or…

AAE Statement: Many Parts Of Life Are On Hold Right Now. Endodontic Care Should Not Be One of Them.

December 17, 2020

CHICAGO – The American Association of Endodontists is strong in its stance that, amid a potential COVID-19 resurgence and reversion in many areas to tightened restrictions, teeth can and should continue to be saved by dental specialists known as endodontists. It is perfectly safe to visit your endodontist in the event of tooth pain and…

New Research Shows It’s Extremely Safe to Visit the Dentist in the Era of COVID-19

October 16, 2020

COVID-19 infection rate among dentists less than 1 percent, new study finds  You may have had concerns that going in for your bi-annual dental checkup or tending to that cavity was a risk in the era of COVID-19. New research proves that’s just not the case. Fewer than 1 percent of dentists nationwide were found…

AAE Patient Statement on COVID-19

April 23, 2020

UPDATED NOVEMBER 9, 2020 — Knowing where to go for tooth pain or infected teeth during a pandemic can not only save your teeth, but your life and the lives of those in your community and patients can be assured that seeing a dentist or specialized dentist known as an endodontist, is safer than ever.…

AAE Spotlighted in USA Today!

April 9, 2020

AAE’s spotlighted content included a full page informative article about the benefits of seeing an endodontist for tooth saving dental treatment. The content also included a full-page ad and digital ads that directed readers to

Root Canal Safety

January 24, 2019

Unfortunately, sources that rank high on a Google search do not always rank high on truth. So let’s set the record straight: Root canal treatment does not cause cancer or any other disease. The fact is that root canal treatment—performed 25 million times every year by skilled dental professionals—stops infection and saves teeth.

AAE Featured in USA Today

April 6, 2018

The mouth is a window to the overall health of the entire body. Whether you’re 8 or 80, keeping up with your oral health is crucial. Learn more from this oral health campaign featured in USA Today.

Working to Dispel the Root Canal Myth

March 16, 2018

Education Secretary Besty DeVos compared her confirmation hearing to getting a root canal. Endodontist Dr. Fred Barnett corrects that misconception.

Endodontic Treatments and Procedures

November 9, 2017

You wouldn’t take a car in for repairs or have work done on your home without understanding the problem and how it would be fixed. It’s even more important to know and understand your treatment options when it comes to your teeth.

Could a Tooth Infection be the Source of Chronic Sinus Problems?

January 24, 2019

Frequent sinus infections may be cured by specialized dental care offered by endodontists. CHICAGO – According to Dr. Michael J. Lewis, a root canal specialist, chronic sinus infections are sometimes caused by an underlying tooth infection. “In short, sometimes the roots of one’s teeth become infected, and that infection can spread to their sinuses.”

Advocacy Alert: HealthGrades

October 25, 2017

The AAE recently learned that popular website, which pulls certifications from the medical specialties, does not include dental specialty board certification information on its site.

Supporting a Single Standard of Endodontics

September 26, 2017

As the global leaders in advocating the value and quality of endodontics, the American Association of Endodontists supports a single standard of endodontic education and care to provide patients with the highest quality care with the best result-saving their natural teeth.

Celebrating the Superheroes of Saving Teeth

May 9, 2017

A new video from the AAE explains why endodontists should always be patients' first choice for root canal treatment to save their teeth.

Videos Highlight Advancements in Root Canal Treatment

March 28, 2016

For Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27 - April 2, the American Association of Endodontists is releasing two new videos to get patients up-to-speed on the realities of modern root canal treatment.

Dispelling Myths of Root Canals Through Education

March 15, 2016

According to a recent survey by the American Association of Endodontists, 67 percent of Americans say fear of pain most concerns them about having root canal treatment. The AAE hopes to dispel these fears during its tenth anniversary celebration of Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27 - April 2.