The AAID Celebrates Dental Implant Awareness Month In September
September is Dental Implant Awareness Month, sponsored by the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). This year's theme, "What's your reason to smile?" focuses on the many ways dental implants can have a life-changing impact.
"Dental Implant Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness on making informed, healthy decisions regarding dental implants," explains AAID President, Natalie Wong, DDS, FAAID, DABOI/ID. "Dental implants can inspire newfound life and confidence. When you see the look and smile on someone's face, it's truly incredible." The AAID's patient-focused website provides expert, state-of-the-art information about dental implants and includes a handy search tool for finding highly qualified local implant dentists: https://www.aaid-implant.org/find-an-implant-dentist
To celebrate Dental Implant Awareness Month, the AAID Foundation is raising money for its Wish A Smile Program. Under the program, AAID-credentialed dentists provide free services to individuals who are financially disadvantaged, have a congenital defect, and are in need of dental implants.
Andrew, 24, a self-taught artist and poet living with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder, is among the many patients whose lives have been changed by Wish A Smile.
Andrew's two top teeth never grew in, causing bite and speech issues. His family was unable to afford the necessary treatment, so Andrew's general dentist recommended applying for the Wish A Smile Program.
Through Wish A Smile, John Minichetti, DMD, FAAID, DABOI/ID, replaced Andrew's missing teeth for free, improving his oral health and self-confidence. After the surgery, Andrew expressed his gratitude by sending a selection of his artwork and poetry. Andrew wrote, "Your interest in helping me brought a smile to my face."