The American College of Prosthodontists wanted to remind you that it is always time to look after your teeth but especially during National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, that ran March 7-13. The aim of the event is to keep the public informed about proper dental health, especially oral cancer detection. A couple of the highlights for the week with be to inform people about the importance of not putting off a visit to a prosthodontist and how to practice the best dental care when they have missing teeth. 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, that is more than half the population. With so many people missing a tooth or more, it is imperative that the message about proper dental care get out. This years events will center around proper care for dentures to a the importance of getting a yearly oral cancer screening. Tooth loss can result from decay, gum disease, injury and the natural course of dental ware. Prosthodontists are the dental specialists who work with patients to replace a tooth or a complete set of teeth. This includes providing dental implants, implant dentures and conventional dentures. Prosthodontists also work with dental restoration materials such as crowns, caps, bridges and veneers. National Prosthodontics Awareness Week starts a note worthy year for the ACP, it is this year that the college will celebrate it’s fortieth anniversary. Look to hear more from the college during their 40th annual session, held this year in Orlando Florida during the week of November 3-6. New York Times best selling author Malcolm Gladwell will be this year’s keynote speaker.