National Prosthodontics Awareness Week Serves and Educates Consumers About Proper Oral Health Care

CHICAGO, March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American College of Prosthodontists is pleased to announce National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) on March 7-13, 2010. This week-long celebration will inform the public about proper oral health including oral cancer detection; will provide consumers with details on how to best care for missing teeth; and will educate the public about the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist.

With some 178 million people in the U.S. missing at least one tooth, increased awareness about proper oral health is critical. From proper denture care techniques to the importance of an annual oral cancer screening, NPAW will focus on facts and tips for consumers' best oral health care.

Tooth loss happens from decay and gum disease, can result because of an injury, cancer or simply wear in the mouth. A prosthodontist, a dentist with three additional years of training after dental school, provides care for missing teeth including dental implants, dentures and treatment of congenital anomalies.

A prosthodontist often works with a team of dental professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan for patients. Prosthodontists are dedicated to the highest standards of care in the restoration and replacement of teeth including bridges, crowns/caps, teeth whitening and veneers.

Outreach by prosthodontists across the country at the local level will be a cornerstone of NPAW. A recent survey by the ACP indicated that prosthodontists donate on average $25,000 in pro bono care each year. The treatment delivered by prosthodontists included a broad scope of services including restorations for patients with complex needs.

The celebration of NPAW kicks-off a notable year for the College, which marks its 40th Anniversary in 2010. The special occasion will be commemorated with exceptional education and events during the ACP's 40th Annual Session on Nov. 3-6, 2010 in Orlando. A highlight of the conference will be keynote speaker Malcolm Gladwell, New York Times best-selling author, who has written about his concern for access to oral health care in the U.S.

For more information about the ACP's 40th Annual Session visit www.prosthodontics.org/AS and for more information about NPAW visit www.prosthodontics.org/NPAW.

The American College of Prosthodontists is the professional association of dentists with advanced training who restore and replace teeth to create optimal oral health, both in function and appearance including dental implants, dentures, veneers, crowns and teeth whitening. For more information visit www.prosthodontics.org.

SOURCE American College of Prosthodontists



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