Is it Possible to Prevent Root Canals?
Posted on February 9, 2017 by Kochevar Endo
You’re either paying attention to your oral health, or you’re not. When there’s no pain, you probably don’t give cavities or tooth issues any thought, but when a little bit of pain pops up, you start to worry. At Kochevar Endodontics, our most common service is a root canal treatment, and although it’s a necessary treatment for persons with root infections, it is possible to mostly prevent them.
Background to Root Canals
Root canals don’t just happen. A neglected cavity will abscess over time and turn into a more serious problem. An abscessed tooth may become very painful, necessitating a root canal procedure. A root canal removes bacteria and infected pulp with an inert material. In most cases, a root canal treatment lasts a lifetime and is of great benefit to the patient. It’s possible that an infected tooth left untreated for an extended period of time will be lost. If you have a severe toothache, contact a trusted endodontist. If you don’t have one in mind, your general dentist will have some preferred contacts.
Focus on Quality Oral Hygiene
Brushing and flossing daily is your greatest weapon against a potentially infected tooth. Brush twice a day and floss at least once per day. What kind of toothbrush should you use? According to studies done by consumer reports and others, an electric toothbrush doesn’t carry a significant advantage over manual. What is important is that you use a well-performing tooth brush, brush for two minutes twice a day, and apply the correct amount of pressure to the teeth. Too much pressure can wear down enamel and weaken teeth.
There are many different sites suggesting herbal/holistic treatment will prevent and even remove infection from infected pulp. We suggest you improve your diet to reduce cavities, since a root canal is really caused by an abscessed tooth.
What to avoid:
- Sugary drinks and foods. We know it’s difficult, but any dentist (or doctor) will recommend reducing your sugar intake. Sugar has a nasty habit of sticking to your teeth and, resulting in plaque that can lead to gingivitis and cavities. If you do eat a lot sugary foods, brush thoroughly, especially before bed.
- Sticky Foods. Your mouths’ worst enemy. Much like sugary foods and drinks, sticky foods can edge their way in between teeth and gums, making them more difficult to clean.
Foods great for your teeth:
- Dairy, if you can. Dairy is still your number one provider of calcium. A glass a day is a great option.
- Water. Water, especially fluoridated water, is a natural protection for your teeth. The vast majority of the US population has access, so drinking from the tap is a good idea.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables. High in water and fiber, fresh fruits help balance your diet. Chewing fruits, specifically, stimulates saliva production, washing away harmful acids and particles from your teeth.
Time is Not on your Side
Nothing will beat a root canal better than time. If you have a cavity, take care of it and have it filled. Make sure you go to the dentist every six months and follow recommended oral hygiene. Root canal prevention is not guaranteed, but what you do plays a very large role. If you’re worried you might need a root canal, please call us with questions. We are located in South Jordan, Utah and can easily be accessed from anywhere in the Salt Lake valley.