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It’s National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

April 22-28 is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week.

The American College of Prosthodontists sponsors the celebration to provide patients with information about proper oral health, including oral cancer detection; how to best care for missing teeth; and the benefits associated with seeing a prosthodontist.

“Encouraging patients to receive the best quality care including routine oral health examinations benefits the entire profession of dentistry,” said Dr. Avinash S. Bidra, 2012 NPAW co-chair.

During National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, prosthodontists nationwide will host oral health screenings, lectures and community service outreach.

“One of our primary goals is to provide much-needed care to patients through a variety of events organized by ACP Sections across the country,” said Dr. Lawrence E. Brecht, 2012 NPAW co-chair. “Prosthodontists working together with dentists in their communities will make this year’s NPAW the most successful on record.”

Some 178 million people in the U.S. are missing at least one tooth, according to the American College of Prosthodontists. As such, increased awareness about proper oral health is critical. From proper denture care techniques to the importance of an annual oral cancer screening, National Prosthodontics Awareness Week will focus on providing information to patients about the causes of tooth loss. 

For more information, visit www.prosthodontics.org/NPAW