Would you like to have a root canal treatment? Probably not! Most people would prefer to avoid that particular dental therapy altogether. Even though root canal therapies can be life-changing for those who have suffered with an infected tooth, it’s not something any dental patient ever put on a “smile goals” list. If you’d like to go your whole life and never need a root canal procedure to save you from pain, here are some simple tips to avoid this type of treatment.
Good oral hygiene habits will save you from a root canal treatment. Some people think that if they’re brushing before bedtime, they’re taking good care of their teeth. While it’s true that going to bed with a clean mouth is an important part of oral care, it’s only a small fraction of the hygiene routine that can give you a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Brush at least twice a day, or following each meal. If you can’t brush, you must rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Swish the water around and then spit it out. This helps remove a layer of saliva packed with food debris and bacteria from your mouth. Floss once a day, preferably at night before bed. Follow flossing with a mouthrinse to reach the tiniest places beneath the gumline and between teeth that brushing can’t reach.
Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods to ensure that your bones and teeth are healthy. Get enough calcium so that your body won’t begin to take calcium from other areas, weakening your teeth and jaw. Drink plenty of water and sleep so that you stay hydrated and well-rested. Avoid sugary drinks and rinse your mouth after consuming sports drinks, sodas, tea or coffee.
Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your mouth and for your entire body. Speak to your dentist for help in quitting.
Be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will have even more tips about how to keep your mouth healthy and to avoid ever needing a root canal treatment.