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."

For more information about observing Root Canal Awareness Week, visit, follow AAE on Facebook and Twitter or search #rootcanal. The American Dental Association offers information to consumers about root canals and other dental topics on

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Tips for Care After a ROOT CANAL

A treated and restored tooth can last a lifetime with proper care. Root canals have a high success rate. Here are a few ways to take care of your teeth after a root canal:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brush teeth twice a day, and floss at least once. Taking care of your teeth can help prevent future problems.

  • Visit the dentist regularly – cleanings and examinations by dentists and hygienists.

  • Avoid chewing on hard foods – chewing on hard foods such as ice can cause teeth to break, and can harm root canals.