Root canals are one of the more common procedures we perform at Chaney Dental. While they are an effective way to protect and preserve damaged natural teeth, we know that both our team and our patients would prefer not to need root canal therapy in the first place. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of tips to prevent needing a root canal.
- Brush Your Teeth Regularly
- Avoid Chewing on Hard Objects
- Floss Each Day
- Wear a Mouthguard
When it comes to healthy teeth, the best defense is a good offense. Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time can reduce your risk for developing cavities and tooth decay. If you can limit acid and plaque buildup in your mouth by regular brushing, you can reduce your risk for needing a root canal.
Tooth enamel can become damaged from poor hygiene, gradual wear over time, or in a sudden impact with something hard. If you have a habit of chewing on hard candy, ice, or similar objects, try to break your habit. All it takes is one misplaced bite to damage your tooth!
If you brush without flossing, you’re not cleaning up to 40% of your tooth’s surface. Food residue and bacteria love to hide in those spaces between teeth where they can develop into plaque and create cavities. Flossing daily helps clean those hard to reach areas and reduces your risk of needing a root canal.
When enamel is damaged, it is easier for tooth decay to reach the inner parts of your teeth. If you play contact sports, consider investing in a mouthguard to protect your pearly whites from damage! Dr. Chaney and our team would be happy to create a customized mouthguard that keeps your teeth safe.
Preventive Care at Chaney Dental
If you follow these tips and come visit our Prairie Village, KS office every six months for a professional cleaning and exam, you’re well on your way to preventing the need for a root canal. To ask our team any questions or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!