Dental Awareness Day

Dental Awareness Day

Dentists spend day off answering difficult or embarrassing dental questions


Chicago, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – U.S Newswire)–July 31, 2006–More than 100 dental experts will be available on Friday, August 4, 2006, to provide free dental advice and answer questions about oral health through the Academy of General Dentistry’s (AGD) SmileLine, a non-profit, toll-free national dental health hotline. The 15th annual SmileLine will take place on Dental Awareness Day in conjunction with the AGD’s 54th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Denver, August 2-6, 2006.

Consumers can call the SmileLine toll-free at 1.800.SMILE.33 (1.800.764.5333) on Friday, August 4, 2006, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT to speak one-on-one with a dental expert regarding difficult or embarrassing oral health concerns.

“The AGD is committed to serve as a life-long resource for oral health information, and the annual SmileLine is just one example of our many educational programs,” said Julie Ann Barna, DMD, MAGD, Academy of General Dentistry Foundation (AGDF) President. “Each year, a network of our members volunteer their medical expertise to field questions about dental health at all stages of life, and the AGD’s SmileLine has fielded questions from more than 16,500 consumers to date.”

Previously Asked Questions

Every year, the range of questions callers ask AGD members staffing the SmileLine varies. In the past, volunteers have provided answers for questions such as:

— My tongue turned black after I drank pink medication. Do you know why?

— My four-year-old developed cavities. Could her cold medicine be the culprit?

— I drink a lot of water, but my mouth is dry. I’m 50 and take medications. Could this be the cause?

— I had my tongue pierced. It looks like I have a second tongue! Why?

— Does kissing cause or spread gum disease?

— Is it safe to receive dental x-rays if I’m pregnant?

— I wear dentures. Do I need to see the dentist if nothing bothers me?

— I heard that in addition to soda, iced tea can also harm my teeth. Why?

Missed the SmileLine on August 4? Visit SmileLine Online

The AGD’s SmileLine Online section at enables consumers to post dental health questions online and have them answered by an AGD member dentist. Click on the “Ask a Dental Question” link on the AGD Web site. Also, consumers can get names, addresses and phone numbers of up to three general dentists, by calling 1.877.2X.A.YEAR (1.877.292.9327) or by visiting the AGD Web site.

The AGD is a professional association of more than 35,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. Founded in 1952, the AGD has grown to become the world’s second largest dental association, which is the only association that exclusively represents the needs and interests of general dentists.

More than 758,000 persons are employed directly in the field of general dentistry. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of the general dentist through financial support of scientific, educational services related to a patient’s oral health.

Dental Awareness Day