How Can I Avoid Needing a Root Canal?

couple brushing their teeth together to avoid infection and a root canal

Root canals are a revolutionary dental treatment that can save natural teeth! While root canals are tooth-saving procedures, you never want to have a root canal if you don’t need one. Here are some tips to help you maintain great oral health!

What Are Root Canals?

Root canals are a dental procedure used to clean out damaged soft tissue inside the tooth’s canals. Dentists will make a small entry point in the top of the crown and use this to remove the tissue, clean out the canals, and disinfect the inside of the tooth. Some of the most common reasons you may need a root canal include:

  • Chipped or Cracked Tooth
  • Dental Injury
  • Gum Disease
  • Severe Tooth Decay

Maintain Your At-Home Oral Hygiene Routine

One of the best ways to avoid the need for a root canal is to maintain great oral health at home! Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use fluoridated toothpaste. In addition to brushing your teeth, floss daily to remove any potential trapped food particles and debris. Great oral health starts at home!

Visit the Dentist Regularly

Did you know that you should visit the dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and cleaning? Professional dental cleanings are designed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums and remove any plaque and tartar buildup. Regular cleanings can help prevent deep decay and infection which can lead to the need for a root canal. Biannual dental exams help ensure there aren’t any dental issues developing. By seeing a dentist twice a year, they can catch any issues while they’re still small!

Schedule Your Consultation!

Are you ready to take the reins on your oral health? At Chesterfield Dentistry, we’re dedicated to helping our patients enjoy a lifetime of great oral health. Questions about root canals and maintaining a healthy smile? Please contact our office!

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