Although root canal treatment is a common procedure that is now painless, people would still like to stay out of the endodontists’ chair. While some problems that eventually lead to root canals are unavoidable, there are many preventative measures you can take to help reduce your chance of needing a root canal in the future.
Flossing and Brushing
Of course, the easiest preventative measure you can practice is simply to regularly brush and floss. Most dentists suggest that you brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed, and also after lunch, if you’re able.
Keeping your teeth clean means that you’re brushing away food particles. When these particles mix with your saliva and the sugar in food, it forms a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque that isn’t brushed away will eventually form tartar, a hard coating that can lead to cavities and gum inflammation. If your gums start to bleed when brushing or flossing, it means that you have to be careful to make sure your teeth are cleaned properly, either by your general dentist or a periodontist. Otherwise, you could end up requiring a root canal.
See Your General Dentist
It’s important to visit your general dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning. Older fillings may eventually need to be replaced, and doing this in a timely manner will help to prevent problems that may require a root canal.
Also, some common medications that are used by older patients can cause the composition of saliva to change, which means that bacteria doesn’t wash away as well as it used to. This can cause cavities, and depending how old your teeth are (because you started getting your adult teeth around age 8), that can lead to possible issues that may have to be treated with root canal therapy.
This is an easy preventative measure to talk about, but we know it’s not so easy to put into action. You should eat less food that has sugar, and drink non-sugary beverages. The more sugar that you eat, the better chance you have of getting cavities.
If you do think that you need to get a root canal, or your general dentist has suggested that you may need treatment, give Dr. Semashko and his staff at Endodontics in Cranberry a call. He uses advanced equipment that makes root canal therapy both comfortable and fast. He treats patients anywhere in the Pittsburgh area, including the North Hills, Wexford, and Beaver County.