May is Save Your Tooth Month

Nothing looks, feels or functions like your natural tooth.

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE), the organization that represents root canal specialists known as endodontists who save natural teeth and relieve tooth pain, announced it has dedicated the entire month of May to saving teeth.

Get back on track with your oral health

More than half of Americans put off general dental checkups due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also took its toll on the daily hygiene routines of those working or studying remotely, the survey found:

  • 31% were snacking more on sweets.
  • 28% didn’t schedule or forgot to schedule a dental visit.
  • One in four said they waited until later in the morning to brush their teeth, while 21% didn’t brush in the morning at all.
  • 24% said they’re flossing less frequently, and 23% aren’t flossing at all.

Millennials more frequently reported experiencing dental disruptions, with 43% of those surveyed indicating that working or attending virtual classes from home led to disruptions to their usual dental hygiene habits during the pandemic.

woman smiling with healthy teeth

Get Your Dental Health Back on Track

Ensuring a healthy mouth and teeth for the rest of your life requires more than just brushing twice per day. But you can avoid long-term complications like gum disease, cavities, and gingivitis by following 4 simple steps.


Brush with fluoride toothpaste

Just two minutes, twice per day will drastically reduce your risk of developing cavities. Fluoridated toothpaste is scientifically shown to aid the development of healthy teeth and prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities.

Mix-up your diet

Eating less sugar is common advice from dentists, but it is easier said than done. If you need a pick-me-up during the day, try nuts, carrot sticks, or apples instead. These teeth friendly foods are not just good for your teeth, they’re good for your waistline too.

In addition to sugary foods, limit your intake of processed foods as well. These are often loaded with sugar, salt, and other preservatives, so try to swap out these for fresh ingredients at least one day per week.


Floss in between your teeth at least once per day

Many people find flossing painful or uncomfortable, but it is as important as brushing. A large portion of the surface area of the tooth is sitting right next to another tooth, so flossing is vital to get in those hard to reach areas. Your dental hygienist or dentist can demonstrate the correct flossing technique if you need some advice.

Go back to the dentist (even if it's been a while)

Make an Active Maintenance plan with your Dental Hygienist and Dentist, so that you are proactively managing any long-term issues e.g. bruxism, wisdom teeth, or gum disease. Actively monitoring issues might seem more time-intensive, but in the long run you’ll spend much less time, and money, than if you have to come in for a dental emergency.

Your Teeth Are Worth Saving

The American Association of Endodontists created this compelling video to showcase the importance of Endodontists and saving teeth.

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