How You Can Prevent a Root Canal

Many people worry about going to the dentist—especially if they need a root canal.  Fortunately, root canals have improved in recent years, and are virtually painless now. Still, it is an unpleasant notion.

If your dental pulp—the soft center layer of your tooth—is damaged or infected, you may need a root canal. Some dental situations allow plaque and bacteria to reach your pulp more easily, thus increasing the likelihood of root canal therapy. For example, if you crack a tooth or have a deep cavity, you could be in danger. Fortunately, your dentist can repair these problems before they lead to infection.

Another way to prevent the need for root canal therapy is brushing and flossing every day. Root canals are usually caused by infections meaning that cleaning your teeth thoroughly will reduce the likelihood of root canal therapy. Similarly, it is important to visit your dentist once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. This can remove plaque and bacteria that can’t be cleaned any other way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today if you would like to learn more about how you can avoid root canal therapy or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We are excited to hear from you soon.