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Root canal beats the flu, survey finds

March 02, 2015 The American Association of Endodontists has gotten to the bottom of an important issue: Which would Americans prefer, a root canal or the flu?

Just in time for Root Canal Awareness Week, observed March 22-28, an AAE survey says they’d rather have the root canal.

According to the survey, 78 percent of respondents 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.  For more information about observing Root Canal Awareness Week, visit, follow AAE on Facebook and Twitter or search #rootcanal.