Good Oral Hygiene: The Key to Preventing Root Canal Treatments

Did you ever go to the dentist and hope you were going to find out you needed root canal treatment? No one ever hoped that. Patients hope for beautiful, white, healthy teeth. They hope they go to a dental appointment for a cleaning and leave with nothing but a baggie containing floss and a new toothbrush, not with an appointment for more invasive work.

If you’re among the majority of dental patients who never, ever wants to have root canal therapy, there are things you can do to prevent the need for this type of treatment. The one vital step toward never having root canal treatment is to develop and maintain excellent oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing at least twice daily, after meals, and most importantly, before you go to bed at night. Flossing should take place every day, also at night, so that you can sleep restfully without food debris and bacteria multiplying in the hard-to-reach spaces between your teeth and gums.

Not only are the oral hygiene steps that you take important, but your diet is also important. If you don’t give your body the nutrition it needs, especially calcium, your teeth and bones will begin to weaken, and the quality of your oral health will decline.

If you are a smoker, it is vital for your oral health that you quit immediately. Smoking not only affects your mouth, but it affects your entire body and everyone around you. If you want to stop smoking but have been unsuccessful previously or don’t know where to start, ask your dentist for help.

Staying hydrated keeps your mouth tissues healthy. It provides nourishment to your skin, hair, nails and teeth. Swishing and spitting water immediately after meals can help reduce bacteria, acid and sugar on your teeth, especially if you’re not in the position to brush.

Following these tips can help prevent infection, cavities and decay that are the direct path to root canal treatments. Keep your mouth healthy with regular checkups and professional cleanings by your dentist.

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