Surveyed Americans Prefer Root Canal Over the Flu

Just in time for Root Canal Awareness Week, March 27 - April 2, the American Association of Endodontists has gotten to the bottom of an important issue: which would Americans prefer, a root canal or the flu?

According to results of the AAE survey, respondents would rather have the root canal. In all, 78 percent of those surveyed expressed a preference for avoiding the flu over avoiding a root canal. The same number of respondents said they would rather avoid losing a permanent tooth, which a root canal treatment can help prevent.

The ninth annual Root Canal Awareness Week is a chance for AAE to dispel misconceptions surrounding root canal treatment. According to the American Dental Association, "Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased."

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