Provo Root Canal Prevention

Categories: Dental Health

While the root canal procedure is faster and less painful than ever before for Provo patients, you would probably rather not have to undergo tooth restoration at all if possible. A root canal procedure is most often preventable if you take good care of your teeth. Below are some preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth healthy and strong:


Dental Hygiene: You can easily prevent one of the most common causes of a root canal (decay) by taking a few extra minutes out of your day to floss and brush your teeth. Without a daily thorough cleaning, bacteria and plaque begin building up around your teeth, causing cavities that can let bacteria seep in and damage your tooth pulp. A little preventative work can go a long way in preserving your teeth.


Regular Dentist Visits: While daily oral hygiene habits are a major component in preventing a root canal, brushing and flossing can’t reach every area of your mouth. Biannual dentist visits are recommended for a professional teeth cleaning. Visiting your dentist is also important for early cavity detection. If cavities are caught in the beginning stages, they can easily be solved with a filling instead of needing root canal therapy.


Sports Mouth Guard: Other common causes of a root canal are injury or trauma to a tooth. While it is difficult to prevent accidents, you can reduce your chances of tooth injury by wearing a sports mouth guard during high contact sports. Many Provo general dentists offer sports mouth guards as part of their services.


Prevent Cracks in Teeth: Aside from decay and injury, tooth cracks are one of the biggest ways that bacteria have access to your tooth pulp. To reduce your chances of having a cracked tooth, be careful not to clench or grind your teeth. If you think you may grind your teeth in your sleep, talk to your dentist about a night guard. Chewing on hard objects (i.e. ice, popcorn kernels, etc.) can be a major tooth-cracking hazard. Remember that your teeth are not indestructible, so be cautious with how you use them.


To learn more about preventative measures you can take to prevent a root canal procedure, or to find out about how to handle a root canal, call Cascade Endodontics at 801-404-5810 to schedule an initial consultation with Provo endodontist Dr. Jon Jenson.

Dr. Jon Jenson
Cascade Endodontics
1375 E 800 N Ste 203
Orem, UT 84097