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How to Avoid Needing a Root Canal

How to Avoid Needing a Root Canal

While most dentists wouldn’t be in business very long if all their patients were free from cavities and never in need of fillings, extractions or root canals, they also don’t want to see you suffer. That is why they are dentists and committed to informing you on proper dental hygiene and how to avoid ever needing a root canal. With that being said, sometimes there is no way to avoid a root canal because of an injury sustained in sports or even in a traffic accident. If the root is exposed, the damage is done. However, here are the leading tips on how to avoid needing a root canal.

Regularly Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily

Although most people know the importance of regular brushing, many don’t follow that advice. Brush your teeth at least twice daily, every morning and just before going to sleep to avoid bacteria that will eat away at the enamel, the leading cause of tooth decay.

Floss Daily

It has been said that if you don’t floss at least once daily, it’s like washing only three-quarters of your body when you bathe. Some dentists recommend flossing twice daily, others recommend flossing after meals and others yet recommend flossing only once daily. It’s up to you but do remember to floss!

Avoid Chewing Hard Candies and Ice

Hard candies and ice are one of the leading causes of chipped teeth. That enamel covering your tooth is there for a reason and if you chip it, you are leaving the roots and pulp vulnerable to attack from bacteria that just loves to eat away at a healthy tooth.

Wear a Mouth Guard at Night

If you grind or chew in your sleep, by all means wear a mouth guard at night. Chewing and grinding also exposes the interior of the tooth which can lead to serious tooth decay. Unfortunately, you may not know you grind in your sleep so if your spouse or family member happens to notice, listen to them and buy a mouth guard.

Regular Dental Checkups

Regular dental checkups are an absolute must. There are times when the damage to the root wouldn’t be noticeable to the naked eye because there are no chips or cavities on the surface. Only a dentist with special techniques like percussion and temperature diagnostics along with X-rays can help you keep your teeth in good shape.

At the first sign of dental pain, contact us because we are the leading root canal specialists in NYC. You may not need a root canal, but we’d like to help you prevent it, if at all possible.

Yes, we are root canal specialists, but our main goal is to help our patients maintain exceptional dental health. If you have any questions, we are here to help.

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