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Many people worry about going to the dentist—especially if they need a root canal.  Fortunately, root canals have improved in recent years, and are virtually painless now. Still, it is an unpleasant notion.

When bacteria are able to grow inside your mouth, you are more likely to need root canal therapy. This can be even more of a problem if your tooth is cracked. A cracked tooth exposes the dental pulp (the central layer of your tooth) and can lead to an infection, which is what usually makes root canal therapy necessary. To avoid root canal therapy, we recommend visiting your dentist quickly. Similarly, if you play sports, please wear a mouth guard to protect your smile.

Another way to prevent the need for root canal therapy is brushing and flossing every day. Root canals are usually caused by infections meaning that cleaning your teeth thoroughly will reduce the likelihood of root canal therapy. Similarly, it is important to visit your dentist once every six months for a routine exam and cleaning. This can remove plaque and bacteria that can’t be cleaned any other way.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us today if you would like to learn more about how you can avoid root canal therapy or if you are interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist. We are excited to hear from you soon.