Dental team near Covina, CA teaches patients how to avoid root canal treatment with proper oral hygiene habits
At Gentle Care Dentistry, we know that the root canal has developed a bad reputation over the years. Although people think the procedure is painful, that is far from the truth. A root canal can relieve the pain of a throbbing or constant toothache. We also understand the best way to avoid a root canal is to maintain optimal oral health. Dr. Brianne Luu and our team teach methods to patients in Covina, CA and beyond that can help smiles healthy.
- Watch what you eat. Your diet should be rich with nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables. Consuming sugary foods and beverages can lead to tooth decay. The bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugars and create acids. The acids in erode the enamel of the tooth, creating a tiny hole called a cavity. When a cavity is left untreated, infection can develop. The purpose of a root canal is to remove infected tissue from the interior of the tooth and clean the canal before sealing the tooth. By watching what you eat, you can help avoid a root canal.
- Evaluate your oral hygiene habits. When you wake up in the morning, it is critical to brush your teeth. Before going to bed, brush your teeth and floss. Wrap some floss around your finger and gently rub the sides of the teeth, curving the floss around the teeth where they meet the gum line. Flossing properly can remove food and debris that is unreachable with the toothbrush.
- Schedule dental check-ups. These should be scheduled at least every six months. The appointment should include a cleaning and examination, allowing our team to detect issues that you may not notice.
At Gentle Care Dentistry, we keep your smile healthy. To schedule an appointment, call our team at +1 626-466-9596.